HC Deb 16 June 1959 vol 607 cc225-6
20. Mr. Simmons

asked the President of the Board of Trade what consultation takes place between his Department and the authorities concerned before television programmes dealing with trading and industrial conditions in the British Commonwealth and Colonies are transmitted over the British Broadcasting Corporation and Independent Television network.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

The Board of Trade is consulted from time to time about matters affecting British trade overseas and gives information or advice on particular programmes when asked.

Mr. Simmons

Is the Minister of State aware that a broadcast on I.T.V. on 1st June last about Hong Kong, which was shown from 10.30 to 10.45 that evening, was a most dishonest broadcast? There was no advertising. It was peak-hour viewing and there were no breaks for advertising. It was just like a propaganda talk by the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce. What has he to say about that?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I am afraid that I could not reply in regard to any particular programme. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put down a Question.