HC Deb 30 March 1950 vol 473 cc565-6
53. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the Air Meteorological Broadcasting Service on 1,224 metres has recently been abandoned; and, in view of the importance of that service to agriculturists and horticulturists in all parts of the United Kingdom, whether he will initiate conversations with the British Broadcasting Corporation to have a comparable broadcasting service reinstated on the Home Service.

Mr. T. Williams

I am aware that the Air Ministry Meteorological Service which was on 1,210 metres wavelength has been abandoned under the Copenhagen plan. The "Airmet" weather forecasts were of great value to agriculturists, horticulturists and fishermen, and I understand that discussions are taking place with a view to finding a new wavelength for this service. My Department is also in correspondence with the British Broadcasting Corporation about the possibility of including a late evening weather forecast in their programmes.

Mr. Nabarro

In view of the great inconvenience caused by the withdrawal of this meteorological service, will the Minister undertake to try to secure a decision at an early date?

Mr. Williams

As I have said, we are in touch with the British Broadcasting Corporation.