HC Deb 01 July 1959 vol 608 cc456-7
34 and 35. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Postmaster-General (1) when the Report of the Television Advisory Committee dealing with the problem of lineage, allocation of wavelengths, and colour will be published;

(2) if he will make available the Report of the Technical Sub-Committee that has been considering the questions of lineage and colour television.

Mr. Marples

The Technical Sub-Committee to which the right hon. Member refers is a sub-committee set up by my Television Advisory Committee to advise it on certain matters. It does not report to me. It is the Television Advisory Committee which will report to me. The form of its Report is a matter for it and I have already promised the House that I will place a copy in the Library.

Mr. Ness Edwards

As the previous Sub-Committee's Report was contained in the Television Advisory Committee's second Report which has been published as a White Paper, would it not be in the interests of securing a balanced view about what is to take place with regard to the change of lineage and colour that all that information should be before the House before the right hon. Gentleman forms any view about it?

Mr. Marples

If it is to be presented as the right hon. Gentleman suggests, we must wait for the main Committee's Report before both of them are published; but I must wait until the main Committee has reported.