HC Deb 10 June 1953 vol 516 cc197-8
10. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what recent representations have been made to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in regard to the jamming of the British Broadcasting Corporation's overseas services; and with what result.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

No such representations have been made.

Mr. Davies

Does not the Minister think that, in view of the somewhat changed atmosphere, it would be advisable to make approaches to the Russian Government asking them whether they could change the policy with regard to the jamming of our broadcasts?

Mr. Lloyd

The time to have made such representations was really when the jamming started in 1949. No representations were made then. I think the Soviet Government are very well aware that they are acting in breach of the Atlantic City Convention of 1947. They know that Her Majesty's Government strongly disapprove of their action. I really do not think that any useful service could be done by making formal representations.

Mr. Gordon Walker

Is there any evidence of an increase or decrease in the jamming, or does the right hon. and learned Gentleman need notice of such a question?

Mr. Lloyd

I would require notice of that question in order that I may refer to the times which the right hon. Gentleman has in mind.