§ 17. Mr. Mayhew
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the division of function between the sound transcription service of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the sound tape service of the Central Office of Information.
§ Mr. R. Allan
I have been asked to reply.
The sound transcription service of the British Broadcasting Corporation consists normally of records on disk or tape of live B.B.C. programmes which are made available to broadcasting organisations overseas on payment. The sound tape service of the Central Office of Information consists of original tape recordings specially made on behalf of the Overseas Departments for distribution, through the official information services overseas, to local broadcasting stations.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that there is no danger of duplication here, or is it intended that these two publicly financed bodies should compete in this field?
§ Mr. W. Hamilton
Will the hon. Gentleman enlarge on that reply? What is the exact machinery for preventing any such duplication?