HC Deb 19 January 1949 vol 460 c138
5. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Postmaster-General when he expects the television transmitter to be in operation in the Birmingham area; and what are his plans for the erection of further transmitters of this type.

Mr. Hobson

I understand that the B.B.C. expect that the Midland television station will be in operation this autumn. The next station will probably serve South Lancashire and a substantial part of Yorkshire, but it is too early to say when it will be provided.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Will the Minister say why this station has been so long delayed in being installed? Will he bear in mind that in the United States something like 50 transmitter stations are now in operation, and will the Government get a move on and give the people the service they have a right to expect?

Mr. Hobson

This is actually a relay station, and the question of development has to be considered in relation to the capital investment programme of the Government.

Squadron-Leader Fleming

Is the hon. Member aware that weeks and weeks ago the Minister himself told me that inquiries had been made in different parts of Lancashire and the Pennines with a view to setting up a station? Have any reports been received yet?

Mr. Hobson

I am not aware of that.

Sir Patrick Hannon

Will the hon. Gentleman say when he thinks the Birmingham station will be in operation?

Mr. Hobson

In the autumn. I cannot give a fixed date but we are hoping it will be then.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Can my hon. Friend say whether this Birmingham station is supposed to supply Scotland?

Mr. Hobson

I think the answer to that supplementary question is obvious.