HC Deb 16 May 1960 vol 623 cc885-6
1. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British subjects and Yugoslavs, respectively, have taken part in the existing scheme for exchange of broadcasting staff between the two countries.

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

I am informed by the British Broadcasting Corporation that no such scheme exists, though for professional reasons the Corporation recruits a small proportion of the staff of its Yugoslav Section from Yugoslavia. It has frequently been asked to send its own officials to Yugoslav radio stations, but I understand that it finds it difficult to spare suitable members of the staff for the long periods involved.

Mr. Iremonger

While thanking my hon. Friend, may I ask him whether he is aware that it is generally thought that there is some form of interchange, and as long as there is that impression, is it not highly desirable that the interchange should take place if there is an opportunity for it? Would he not suggest to the B.B.C. that it should correct the misconception, which arises on the basis of quite reliable evidence?

Mr. Allan

I think the B.B C. would be very glad to effect these exchanges if it were possible for it to do so from its side.