HC Deb 10 February 1960 vol 617 cc443-4
18. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the disquiet that exists over the conduct of the British Broadcasting Corporation's Yugoslav Service, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Pembroke, he will make a statement.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Robert Allan)

From all the evidence available, the British Broadcasting Corporation's Yugoslav Service is successful in its purpose of getting British news and views to a very large number of Yugoslav listeners.

Mr. Donnelly

In view of specific allegations made in very lengthy correspondence in The Spectator, what assurance can the hon. Gentleman give to the House that the Yugoslav Service on the B.B.C. is not under any kind of policy influence from Yugoslav Communists?

Mr. Allan

I have looked into those criticisms, and I have read translations of many of the broadcasts. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the Yugoslav service is not influenced by Communism, either from Yugoslavia or from this country.

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