HC Deb 19 December 1963 vol 686 cc1438-9
Q5. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now publish the technical report on the implications of the televising of the proceedings of the House of Commons that was prepared at the request of his predecessor.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

Mr. Donnelly

May I ask the Prime Minister, first, whether he is aware that it states in the report, and subsequent technical advances have confirmed further, that no new form of lighting would be required if there were any televising of proceedings in the House of Commons?

Secondly, may I ask the Prime Minister again the question which he did not answer last week? How long does he think this Chamber can go on ignoring the new mass medium of communication? How long does he think it will take to obtain the necessary information?

The Prime Minister

I am largely in the hands of the House in this matter. It is clear that the House is not unanimous on it. I think that it would do nothing but mislead everybody to undertake technical experiments before the House has made up its mind on this matter.