HC Deb 30 June 1954 vol 529 cc1336-7
14. Mr. Teeling

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what action, other than sending forms to fill up, the head postmaster at Brighton has taken concerning the complaints of over 50 householders on and around the Brangwyn Estates, Brighton, about television interference; how many times these householders have been asked to fill in forms in the past few months; and what he will do to stop the interference.

Mr. Gammans

As I have explained in a recent letter to my hon. Friend, there must be some misunderstanding. I am advised that the television signal is good, and very few complaints are received from the estate. As regards filling up of forms, all that has been done is to ask certain of the householders, who had complained, to keep the usual two week record to assist in tracing interference. Only one has so far supplied the information; I am, however, arranging for the engineers to make further tests on the estate.

Mr. Teeling

Is my hon. Friend aware that, in the last two or three days, I have had seven letters and a petition signed by no fewer than 14 people in the district to say that they are suffering from this problem, and would he, therefore, make a determined effort that the engineers shall study this matter and not leave it to the ordinary Post Office officials, who carry out their work during the ordinary hours of the day and not necessarily during the hours when television is on?

Mr. Gammans

As there has been some conflict of testimony as to the conditions, I have arranged for the engineers to go on to the Estate again.

Mr. Hobson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the cause of this interference is largely due to helicopters hovering about?