§ 33. Mr. Mayhew
asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been drawn to a television commercial broadcast at 8.15 on 11th April by Associated Television urging viewers to read details of the Messina case in the News of the World; whether he is aware that many 1265 children will have been watching at that time; and what consultations he has had with the Independent Television Authority regarding the advertising on independent television of newspaper features on prostitutes and procurers.
§ The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Kenneth Thompson)
Yes, Sir, but in case there is some misunderstanding the Authority informs me that the advertisement, while referring to the Messina case, did not mention prostitutes and procurers. The Answer to the last part of the Question is "None, Sir."
§ Mr. Mayhew
Is it not quite hypocritical to say that advertisements urging viewers, including children, to read the Messina case in the News of the World is not referring to prostitutes and procurers? Is not the News of the World quite capable of making sex pay without resorting to commercial advertising on television? Are not the programme contractors making enough money without having to resort to methods of this kind?
§ Mr. Thompson
The Authority assures me that it applied to this advertisement and others the standards which have been agreed and which are applied to advertisements of all classes.
§ Mr. Ness Edwards
Would the hon. Gentleman convey to the I.T.A. the view of the House that at least this was in bad taste?
|—||Applications awaiting the provision of additional plant or equipment||Applications under enquiry or in course of being met||Total|
|31st March, 1951||…||…||417,737||114,819||532,556|
|31st March, 1958||…||…||91,376||80,039||171,415|
|31st March, 1959||…||…||60,262||84,828||145,090|
|Preston Telephone Area|
|31st March, 1951||…||…||9,273||2,287||11,560|
|31st March, 1958||…||…||1,231||1,525||2,756|
|31st March, 1959||…||…||1,196||1,226||2,422|
|In the past 12 months 5,701 telephones were installed in the Preston telephone area and 355,902 in the United Kingdom as a whole.|
§ Mr. Thompson
I do not know in what capacity the right hon. Gentleman is speaking or why he claims to speak for the whole House.