§ 21. Mr. Awbery
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will hold an inquiry in Bristol or the West of England into the merging of the Midland and West Regional services of the B.B.C. before taking definite action; and if he is satisfied that Birmingham is the most suitable place for H.Q. in the event of this merging taking place, seeing that the reception in the west is likely to be adversely affected by such a change.
§ Mr. Burke
The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." The location of the headquarters of the amalgamated region is a matter for the B.B.C., who, I understand, consider that Birmingham is the most advantageous centre for the administrative headquarters. Offices and studios will, however, be maintained in Bristol, and there will be a Bristol director. The location of the headquarters will not affect reception conditions in the West of England.
§ Mr. Awbery
Is my hon. Friend aware of the disquiet that has been caused in the West of England by the proposed change, and that people think that an inquiry would cause him to change his opinion?
§ Mr. Grimston
Bearing in mind the strong feeling aroused in the West of England over this decision, is the hon. Gentleman quite satisfied that every possible avenue has been explored?
§ Mr. Wilson Harris
Has my hon. Friend thought of the possibility of getting Northern Ireland merged in Eire as an alternative?
§ Viscount Hinchingbrooke
Cannot the hon. Gentleman recover for the West of England programme one of the wavelengths he has apparently allocated to Germany?