HC Deb 03 July 1939 vol 349 cc898-9
12. Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

asked the Prime Minister whether he is prepared to offer to place at the disposal of the German and Italian Governments some definite time or times on the British broadcasting system in exchange for similar times to be placed by those Governments at the disposal of the British Government?

Mr. Butler

My Noble Friend will give consideration to this suggestion. The B.B.C. on their side would no doubt be prepared to co-operate in such a plan.

Mr. Nicholson

While thanking my right hon. Friend for his helpful answer, may I ask him whether he is aware that the whole world relies on the British Government not to neglect the remotest possibility of penetrating the barriers that have been erected between the German people and the outside world?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir, I reciprocate that sentiment.

Mr. Pilkington

Can some steps be taken to let the German and Italian peoples know that this offer is being made, if it is to be made?

Mr. Butler

No doubt they will obtain a knowledge of it from the answer which has just been given.