§ 58. Mr. Teeling
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, due to newspaper strikes in Buenos Aires, the British Broadcasting Corporation's news commentary to that country is now obtaining an increasing audience; and what recent information on the present trade negotiations he has given to the British Broadcasting Corporation to enable it to plan this programme.
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
The Economic Information Unit of the Treasury is responsible for providing information to the Press and to the B.B.C. on questions of economic policy, including overseas negotiations. The hon. Member will, however, recognise that the prospects of reaching an agreement acceptable to both parties may be prejudiced by premature publicity before the opening of the negotiations.