HC Deb 24 July 1950 vol 478 cc29-30
55. Mr. Charles Ian Orr-Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what information on His Majesty's Government's policy toward Communist China he has given to the British Broadcasting Corporation for their overseas programmes.

Mr. Ernest Davies

The overseas services of the British Broadcasting Corporation are in touch with the Foreign Office over this as over other aspects of foreign affairs. Steps have been taken to ensure that they are aware of the policy of His Majesty's Government towards the People's Republic of China.

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Could the hon. Gentleman tell us how often they are given guidance, because in these very critical days constant guidance is needed in respect of these overseas propaganda services of the B.B.C.?

Mr. Davies

Guidance is given as often as it is considered necessary. Foreign Office personnel are in close touch with personnel of the B.B.C. There is communication—personal, by telephone and in other ways—and I can assure hon. Members that there is very close liaison on this matter.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Are the home programmes of the B.B.C. linked with Hong Kong and other stations?

Mr. Davies

I should want notice of that question.

Mr. Profumo

Is the Minister aware that his answer is a classical piece of official humbug? The B.B.C. cannot be expected to do their job properly so long as His Majesty's Government have no clear policy with regard to Communist China.

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