HC Deb 05 February 1941 vol 368 cc924-5
28. Sir Frank Sanderson

asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been drawn to the jamming of the Forces programme making reception difficult even in London; and whether he is taking any steps to prevent a recurrence of this?

Mr. Cooper

Yes, Sir. The jamming of the Forces programme on the wavelength of 373 metres is of Italian origin. It is aimed at the B.B.C.'s broadcasts in foreign languages, for which this wavelength is used at certain times during the evening. I am afraid there is no practical means at present of preventing a recurrence.

Sir F. Sanderson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that not only the Forces programme but also the 261 and the 285 metre wavelengths used for our foreign news broadcasts are interrupted? Does he appreciate the significance of this, and is he taking any measures to prevent a recurrence or to counteract it?

Mr. Cooper

I fully appreciate the significance of it. The main way of counteracting it is to reply by jamming hostile wavelengths, and that we do our best to do within such limits as our resources impose upon us.

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