HC Deb 19 February 1946 vol 419 cc954-5

The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:

61. Colonel GOMME-Duncan

.—To ask the Minister of Information, what amount was spent in Scotland by the B.B.C. on broadcasting in 1945.

Mr. Speaker

Colonel Gomme-Duncan.

Hon. Members

Where is the Minister of Information?

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Mr. Speaker, may I say, on a point of Order, or perhaps as a protest, that this is rather typical of the Government's attitude to Scottish affairs?


Mr. Kirkwood

Mr. Speaker, on a point of Order. What about Question No. 61?

Mr. Speaker

I am afraid I cannot answer it. As soon as the Minister arrives he will deal with it.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Harold Wilson)

In the absence abroad of my right hon. Friend I have been asked to reply to Question No. 61. The broadcasting services in Scotland are an integral part of the whole service provided by the B.B.C. on a national basis and I regret that it is not practicable to give separate figures of expenditure in respect of services available to listeners in Scotland.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

I distinctly asked how much was spent in Scotland; not on Scottish broadcasting, but in Scotland. There must be receipts for what was spent in Scotland.

Mr. Wilson

I will take that up with the B.B.C. On asking them for the information so far, it was not available. I will put it in the way it has been put to me.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

It is very unsatisfactory. I give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.

Mr. De la Bère

I am very anxious to join in.