HC Deb 13 April 1959 vol 603 c646
55. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Postmaster-General what directions he has given to the British Broadcasting Corporation under Article 16 (4) of the Licence and to the Independent Television Authority under Section 9 (2) of the Television Act, with regard to the broadcasting of defined types of children's programmes.

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Kenneth Thompson)

None, Sir. Programme content is a matter for the broadcasting authorities: and the B.B.C. and I.T.A. have already announced that they have set up a joint committee, under the Chairmanship of Miss May O'Connor, to consider the recommendations of the Nuffield Foundation Report on "Television and the Child". A copy of this report is available in the Library.

Mr. Allaun

Will the Minister ask the B.B.C. or the I.T.A., or this new Committee, to consider labelling programmes between 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock in the Radio Times or T.V. Times either as "U", "A" or "X" in order to indicate to parents the suitability of those programmes?

Mr. Thompson

The hon. Gentleman will be conscious of the difficulty of pursuing a policy of that kind, but I am sure that both authorities will take note of the suggestion he has made.

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