HC Deb 04 February 1960 vol 616 cc1207-8
28. Sir L. Plummer

asked the Minister of Education what action he is taking in the appointment of a committee of educationalists, industrialists, and other interested persons, to investigate and make recommendations on the use of television in schools.

Sir D. Eccles

It seems to me too soon to appoint such a Committee, but I will keep the suggestion in mind.

Sir L. Plummer

Is the Minister aware that television has been with us for quite a while and looks as though it will continue to be with us for quite a while? Does he not agree that it is wrong that the educational possibilities of television should be in the hands only of the B.B.C. and one or two programme companies? Is it not now necessary for the Ministry of Education to harness this instrument in the interests of its work?

Sir D. Eccles

We are very keenly interested in the use of television in schools, and I can assure the hon. Member that, as soon as I think we have enough experience to warrant an inquiry, we will consider it seriously.

Mr. Chetwynd

Is the Minister satisfied with the developments which have taken place in school broadcasting?

Sir D. Eccles

This month I shall look at both B.B.C. and independent television programmes, and perhaps I shall be better informed in a few weeks' time.