HC Deb 20 May 1953 vol 515 cc2048-9
16. Mr. R. E. Winterbottom

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what information he has sought from the electronic industry as to the capital cost of introducing commercial television, including the use of adaptors for receivers now under licence.

Mr. Gammans

No reliable costs can be given by the radio industry until the size of the transmitting stations and the range of frequencies to be covered by the adaptors have been settled.

Mr. Winterbottom

Will the Assistant Postmaster-General assure the House that this information and all particulars relating to the matter will be placed before this House when he makes his promised report on television?

Mr. Gammans

I cannot give that assurance, but a general programme of television development of all sorts will be laid before this House at the earliest possible moment.

Mr. Fletcher-Cooke

Would my hon. Friend give some indication as to how much the adaptors are likely to cost?

Mr. Gammans

No, it is not possible at this stage to give any reliable estimate of the cost until it is decided in which wave band or frequency band the station will work.

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