HC Deb 02 March 1960 vol 618 c1208
30. Mr. Janner

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that it is now estimated that there are 500,000 colour television sets in use in the United States of America; and what are the factors still stopping the supply of adequate colour television service in Great Britain.

Mr. Bevins

Yes, Sir, but there are more than 50 million monochrome receivers in the United States. Our main problem—and it is a universal problem—is the production of a colour receiver at an economic price. We also have to determine the colour system and the definition standards to be used.

Mr. Janner

Is the right hon. Gentleman saying that we are not as far advanced in these matters as America? Is he not prepared to do something about expeditition in this direction?

Mr. Bevins

Indeed, yes, but I was pointing out that only about 1 per cent. of the households in the United States have colour television. The whole matter of line definition and colour is currently being examined by the Television Advisory Committee, whose report I expect to receive quite soon and which will be placed in the Library.