HC Deb 14 July 1958 vol 591 c819
36. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the recent note of the Soviet Government to Her Majesty's Government declining to participate in discussions on the exchange of information and the jamming of broadcasts.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Commander Allan Noble)

Her Majesty's Government proposed to the Soviet Government in April the early holding of talks to promote the free exchange of information, views and personal contacts, including the cessation of jamming, the unrestricted sale of books, newspapers and films and improved travel facilities. The Soviet Government's reply of 16th June avoids direct reference to these topics, which it describes as complex questions on which there exist serious disagreements". Her Majesty's Government regret that the Soviet Government have not accepted this proposal.

Mr. Henderson

Is the Soviet jamming of B.B.C. broadcasts still going on? If so, to what extent?

Commander Noble

As far as I am aware, it is still going on.