HC Deb 16 March 1960 vol 619 cc1273-4
4. Mr. Woof

asked the Postmaster-General if he will consider issuing a circular to all television relay companies emphasising the conditions under which he licenses them to operate.

Mr. Bevins

Relay companies already has this information, but if the hon. Member has any particular point in mind I will gladly consider it.

Mr. Woof

Is the Minister aware that many people in the Dunston area of the Blaydon constituency are being misled by a company operating rediffusion there, in offering specially low terms to some subscribers to attract them to television? While recognising that the right hon. Gentleman may have no responsibility for such commercial dealings, may I point out that at least he provides them with a licence? In the public interest cannot he do something about it?

Mr. Bevins

I did not infer from the Question that that was the point which the hon. Member had in mind. In view of what he has said, I will take a note of it and see what I can do.

Mr. Mason

If the Minister is made conversant with the dealings of a firm which appears to be using a shady commercial practice, particularly performing under a licence from him, will he take a dim view of it, especially when the licence comes up for renewal?

Mr. Bevins

I should first want to satisfy myself what the facts of the case were.

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