§ 34. Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Postmaster-General when he will announce the Government's proposals for the allocation of the fourth television channel.
§ The Postmaster-General (Mr. Anthony Wedgwood Benn)
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to his Question of 15th June.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
Would not the Postmaster-General agree that it would provide a welcome stimulus to the B.B.C. and also add competition to commercial television if this channel were handed over to the Independent Television Authority?
§ Mr. Frank Allaun
Is it not true that there is remarkably little demand for a fourth channel; and that the public would greatly prefer a real choice of programme on I.T.V. and B.B.C.1, instead of the deliberate coincidence of programmes we get at present?
§ Mr. Gibson-Watt
Will the Postmaster-General give an assurance to the House that if he is to make a statement on the fourth channel, he will make it to the House, and not during the Summer Recess?