HC Deb 14 May 1941 vol 371 cc1204-5
36. Sir George Broadbridge

asked the Minister of Information why it is proposed to discontinue the British Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts to Switzerland; and on what date?

Mr. Cooper

In view of the fact that the French, German and English transmissions of the B.B.C. are listened to in Switzerland, it was felt that the time allotted to the broadcasts addressed directly to that country might be more profitably utilised in other directions. These broadcasts were accordingly discontinued on 7th May.

Sir I. Albery

In what language are these broadcasts to Switzerland made?

Mr. Cooper

In French, German, and Italian.

Sir G. Broadbridge

Is not the decision to discontinue the broadcasts due to German pressure upon the Swiss Government?

Mr. Cooper

Not so far as His Majesty's Government arc concerned.

Mr. Mander

Have representations on the subject been received by the Government from anybody in Switzerland, either the Swiss Government or private persons?

Mr. Cooper

I should want notice of that question.