§ 40. Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Postmaster-General when he now expects a colour television service to be established in this country.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
Is not it a fact that colour television for Britain is as far off as ever it was? Cannot we show some initiative and take the American N.T.S.C. system instead of trailing our feet and waiting for Europe to make up its mind?
§ Mr. Benn
It was hoped, as the hon. Gentleman knows, that there would be some agreement in Europe about a new system but so far that is not possible. The Television Advisory Committee is considering the various systems involved. A decision which would separate us from Europe, taken without careful thought, obviously would be a very serious matter. I think it would be wise not to anticipate the findings of the Committee.
§ Mr. Shepherd
Will the right hon. Gentleman say how difficult it would be in financial and technical terms to make these incompatible systems compatible for interchange?