HC Deb 23 March 1967 vol 743 cc1899-900
22. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Postmaster-General what consultations he has had with the British Broadcasting Corporation concerning interference with the reception in Shrewsbury and other places of BBC-1 as a result of sporadic E.

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Joseph Slater)

The Television Advisory Committee, on which the broadcasting authorities are represented, has studied this problem but concluded that there is no short-term solution. However, the duplicate transmissions of BBC-1 and independent television on 625 lines in UHF will not be liable to this interference.

Sir J. Langford-Holt

Will the hon. Gentleman take it from me that reception of television in this county is not satisfactory on the whole, and will he consult the B.B.C. and local authorities with a view to having a booster station put at a suitable place very soon?

Mr. Slater

All this has been before the B.B.C. This sporadic interference, which comes from the Continent, is caused by television stations which are approximately 700 to 1,200 miles away, and the quantity of interference is liable to increase as the number of television stations grows. The suggestion regarding a booster station is under consideration.

Mr. Fowler



Mr. Speaker

I apologise for the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mr. Fowler). I did not see him rise on Question No. 22, which concerned Shropshire.