HC Deb 14 March 1951 vol 485 c1527
25. Mr. Lambert

asked the Postmaster-General what revenue the Post Office derive from wireless licences in Devonshire.

Mr. Hobson

Proceeds from the sale of wireless licences in Devonshire during 1950 were approximately £222,000.

Mr. Lambert

Will the hon. Gentleman not agree that it is a little hard that the people of Devon should have to pay this vast sum of money and then not get proper reception?

Mr. Hobson

That matter will be looked into.

Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that V. H. F. broadcasting transmitters can be bought for approximately £50,000, and in view of the fact that he is collecting four times that money from licence holders in the Devon area would it not be wise to proceed with this service as soon as possible?

Mr. Hobson

As I indicated earlier, it is a question for the B.B.C.

Mr. Profumo

Is this not a question of wavelengths and frequencies rather than transmitters? Although this may be a matter for the B.B.C, is it not a matter for the Government to see that we get the wavelengths necessary for transmissions in this country? Will the hon. Gentleman see that we get an adequate allocation of wavelengths?

Mr. Hobson

It has nothing to do with frequencies or wavelength allocations.