HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1155-6
28. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is satisfied that the broadcast arrangements at Hong Kong are up to date; and what is the range of the transmitter used.

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, Sir. The Hong Kong local broadcasting service has been brought up-to-date with new equipment supplied since the Japanese capitulation. The range of the transmissions varies between about 12 and 15 miles according to reception conditions.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Does the Minister really consider that 12 or 15 miles is a satisfactory range for this transmitter, and, in view of the necessity of stimulating British trade in the Far East, will he see that we have a transmitter that will cover the whole of that area?

Mr. Creech Jones

There are certain practical difficulties, but consultations are going on with other Departments, though obviously this matter is a little wider than that of a Colonial Government.

Mr. Francis Noel-Baker

Will my right hon. Friend consider the provision of radio transmitters in other British Colonies, for instance, Cyprus, with a view to promoting not only British business contacts but British public relations work?

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, Sir, but that does not arise on this Question.

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