HC Deb 06 July 1949 vol 466 cc2136-7
43. Mr. Sidney Shephard

asked the Postmaster-General when television services will be provided in the East Midlands area.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

The B.B.C. hopes that a television station will be working at Sutton Coldfield in the late Autumn. It is expected that the range of the station will be about 50 miles, and that satisfactory service may be obtainable in favourably situated places outside the normal range. The station will, therefore, provide a television service in part of the East Midlands area.

Mr. Shephard

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Nottingham is a far greater distance than 50 miles from Sutton Coldfield? Can he say what steps have been taken to see that a television service is provided for the whole of the East Midlands area?

Mr. Paling

There is a programme for six television stations throughout the United Kingdom, but it may be that places like Nottingham will be able to receive transmissions from Sutton Cold-field, in spite of the fact that it is more than 50 miles away.