HC Deb 11 November 1953 vol 520 cc928-9
23. Mr Gower

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General why steps were taken earlier this year which have reduced in South Wales the power and quality of reception of the Third Programme of the British Broadcasting Corporation; and what steps will be taken to restore the former quality and power of that service.

Mr. Gammans

The power had to be reduced as a result of a fault in the main aerial. Some of the loss has been made good and the B.B.C. will resume full power operation as soon as possible.

Mr. Gower

Is the Minister aware that this programme was greatly enjoyed in South Wales where cultural values are still appreciated? Did he note the views of certain professors and lecturers at University College, Cardiff, which I brought to his notice, that this programme had not been restored in quality or in power, and will he look into the matter again?

Mr. Gammans

As I said, I hope this station will be restored to full power before too long.

Mr. C. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that in North Wales, where a very large proportion of people appreciate this programme, the reception is almost nonexistent?

Mr. Gammans

The Question deals only with South Wales.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is my hon. Friend aware that in Perthshire it is impossible to get a good reception of the Third Programme at all and that there cultural appreciation is even higher than in the other two places which have been mentioned?