HC Deb 02 June 1964 vol 695 cc895-6
9. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Postmaster-General if he will make a statement on the plans for educational television in Scotland.

Mr. Bevins

As I indicated on 19th February in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast, North (Mr. Stratton Mills) the discussions I am having with my colleagues about educational broadcasting cover a whole range of proposals; and raise important questions of general principle such as, who should produce, who should transmit, and who should pay for. Educational television in Scotland is covered by these discussions.

This study is bound to take a little time, but it is going ahead as quickly as possible.

Mr. Hughes

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware of the numerous complaints about the lack of educational content and inspiration in Scottish television on the grounds that the choice and treatment of the subjects presented are unworthy of the viewers? Will the right hon. Gentleman look into this question again to make its standard more worthy of the viewers?

Mr. Bevins

That is precisely the object of the study which is at present being undertaken.