HC Deb 17 November 1964 vol 702 c191
26. Mr. Noble

asked the Postmaster-General what degree of priority he is giving to providing wireless and television services to those areas of the country not yet adequately covered.

Mr. Benn

It is, of course, for the broadcasting authorities in the first place to consider what measures to take in order to improve the reception and extend the coverage of their services. As I said earlier, I am at present considering proposals the B.B.C. has put to me; and I hope to make an announcement soon.

Mr. Noble

Does the Minister realise that, though the percentage of people who do not get any service or do not get an adequate service may be small, the frustration increases as the number declines and that these are all areas in which we are having difficulty in persuading people to stay in the rural districts? Is the Minister also aware that in many parts of my constituency people can listen only to Radio Caroline and that I hope he will see that the B.B.C. keeps up with private enterprise?

Mr. Benn

The right hon. Gentleman has taken a continuing interest in this subject in the past and the view he expresses is very much shared by the B.B.C. and by the Department for which I am responsible.