HC Deb 23 July 1952 vol 504 c523
35. Mr. Grey

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what additional stations were needed to provide for the exchange relays now taking place for the benefit of viewers in France and the south of England.

Mr. Gammans

The B.B.C. inform me that four temporary point-to-point relay stations were brought into service to convey the television programmes from Paris to London. Two were in France and two in the south of England. The equipment was not specially purchased for this purpose but was that normally used for outside broadcast purposes and, since the end of the series of Paris programmes, it has been dismantled in readiness for use on other outside broadcasts.

Mr. Grey

Will the hon. Gentleman let the House know the capital cost of this project?

Mr. Gammans

If the hon. Member will put down a Question I will certainly give him the information.

Mr. D. Jones

In view of the Minister's reply to this Question, what is wrong with using that equipment to broadcast the National Eisteddfod from Wenvoe Station?

Mr. Gammans

There are two reasons. The first is that the B.B.C. do not consider that the station at Wenvoe will be ready before 15th August, and the second is that I understand that a different kind of equipment would be required for the link.