HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1187-8
47. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the present circumstances of the war, it is proposed to restore the British Broadcasting Corporation to its pre-war constitution, or whether the existing arrangements will continue for the duration of the war?

The Prime Minister

I assume that the hon. Member refers to the reduction made on the outbreak of war in the membership of the Corporation's Board of Governors. It is not at present felt that any change in that arrangement would be advisable, but the matter will be kept under observation and reviewed from time to time.

Mr. Boothby

Can the Prime Minister do something to improve the programmes of the B.B.C.?

The Prime Minister

That is another question.

Mr. Attlee

May I ask the Prime Minister what object there is in existing circumstances in not restoring the old position of the Board in view of the fact that, as I understand it, it was only in contemplation of severe air raids that this step was taken?

The Prime Minister

The original alteration was made, I believe, in view of the fact that it would be necessary to take quick decisions in time of war, and that it would be difficult to get an adequate attendance of the Governors in the circumstances of war. Although things are not as bad in that respect as we expected, I am informed that it would still be undesirable to make the change; but, as I have already said, I will keep the matter under review.