HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 cc1018-9
44. Mr. Day

asked the Postmaster-General what action his Department are taking in order to see that owners of electrical plant which causes interference with the reception of broadcast programmes by receiving stations nearby instal some form of suppression apparatus, so obviating this interference and annoyance; and does he propose seeking any further statutory powers on the subject?

Major Tryon

Where complaint is made of electrical interference with wireless reception, my Department approaches the owners of the electrical plant concerned and advises them as to the best method of suppressing the interference. In the large majority of cases the owners agree to fit suppression devices, although there is no legal power to compel them to do so. Inquiries regarding the possible scope and operation of a new Wireless Telegraphy Bill to deal, inter alia, with the question of electrical interference with wireless reception, are being actively pursued. The problem is, however, one of great complexity, involving consultation with many interests which would be affected; and some time must elapse before these consultations can be completed.

Mr. Day

Has any action been taken upon the report of the committee appointed by the Institute of Electrical Engineers on this subject?

Major Tryon

That matter is being considered, but we are not yet in a position to introduce legislation because we want to get as large a measure of general agreement as possible.