§ 27. Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Postmaster-General if he will now give the location of the remaining six local radio stations.
§ 24. Mr. Leadbitter
asked the Postmaster-General how many local authorities applied to be considered to establish local radio stations; how many have made firm applications following the conference with the officials of the British Broadcasting Corporation; and what local authorities have been selected to establish local stations.
§ The Postmaster-General (Mr. Edward Short)
The B.B.C. tells me that 76 towns registered with it varying degrees of interest in the experiment. Eighteen have registered with the Corporation applications for a station. I have already announced the names of the first three places selected to take part in the experiment. The next four stations will be at Brighton, Manchester, Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent. More time is needed before the locations of the remaining two stations are decided on, because some of the applications require further discussion between the B.B.C. and the local interests concerned.
§ Mr. Roberts
Will my right hon. Friend tell the House how long the experimental 1901 period for local radio will be so that other areas which have not been brought in either in the four or the next two can look forward to a time when they can be considered again for local radio?
§ Dr. Winstanley
Is the Postmaster-General entirely satisfied that the finance for future maintenance of these new stations will be forthcoming in the areas covered by his announcement?
§ Mr. Rowland
Is it not a fact that, with only two stations to come, there are still some major omissions, notably the Greater London area—where many Members would like at least to be able to hear a station in operation—Scotland and, of course, any rural area?