HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1157-8
31. Mr. Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that the Jamaican Government radio station is inaudible in many parts of the island except on expensive sets and that it only operates for six hours a day; and when he expects that Jamaica will have a radio system comparable in efficiency and general reception with surrounding Latin-American countries.

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, Sir. I understand that the provision of a widely audible service in this mountainous Colony, with the limited wavelengths allocated under international agreements, involves certain technical difficulties; but the possibility of improving the service is under examination.

Mr. Gammans

Will the right hon. Gentleman say what sort of improvement likely to take place and when, in view of the fact that this service is absolutely disgraceful?

Mr. Creech Jones

Experiments have recently been made for extending the present basis of the service, and schemes for the Caribbean are also under examination.