HC Deb 24 October 1956 vol 558 c627
23. Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to state the total length of time during which the people of Malta were deprived of their broadcasting service recently ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Rediffusion Service was interrupted for 24 days, between 12th August and 4th September. During that period the service was cut off from all but 6,256 subscribers in Malta and Gozo. The interruption was due to a misunderstanding with Government in Malta—for which the Rediffusion Company was not responsible—over the issue of an official notice. Agreement has been reached between the Maltese Government and the Maltese Imperial Government on practical arrangements for the broadcasting of official notices in future.

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