HC Deb 20 November 1945 vol 416 cc233-4
71. Mr. Peart

asked the Minister of Information if, in view of the importance of British broadcasts to the Continent, the B.B.C. will restore the wavelengths of 1,500 metres and 373 metres for European listeners.

Mr. E. J. Williams

No, Sir. These two wavelengths are regarded by the B.B.C. as essential to the peacetime functioning of its Home Services. Alternative wavelengths have been provided for the European services.

Mr. Peart

Is the Minister aware that these two wavelengths were extremely popular for millions of listeners in Europe; and whether, in view of the fact that we have a new Government, he does not think there is need for the voice of the new Britain to be heard in Europe?

Mr. Williams

The Government and the B.B.C. are doing everything possible to continue these broadcasts to Europe, but the two wavelengths referred to are very popular at home.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Would it not be much better if the voice of the new Socialist Britain were kept very silent?

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