HC Deb 27 February 1952 vol 496 c1136
22. Mr. Richard Wood

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what steps he is taking to improve the reception of British Broadcasting Corporation programmes in the north-eastern coastal area.

Mr. Gammans

We have asked the Soviet Administration to reduce the interference being caused by a Russian station to reception of the Northern Home Service on 434 metres in the Yorkshire coastal area. Last November the B.B.C. provided a Home Service transmitter working on 261 metres to serve Scarborough and the immediate neighbourhood. The best hope for an improved sound broadcasting service lies in the use of very high frequencies, but owing to defence and economic requirements, it is too early to say when this will be possible.

Mr. Wood

Does my hon. Friend think that his efforts in this direction will be attended by better success than the efforts of his predecessors?

Mr. Gammans

It is anybody's guess as to what will be the result of representations made to the Soviet Government.