HC Deb 11 March 1971 vol 813 c577
40. Major-General Jack d'Avigdor-Goldsmid

asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will consider making a Ministerial broadcast on television about the newly-forming Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

Ministers will certainly consider this if invited to do so by the television authorities. A more formal Ministerial broadcast would not be appropriate.

Major-General d'Avigdor-Goldsmid

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Does he realise that a great many people are still not aware of the existence of the T.A.V.R. and that it would be a great help if such a broadcast were made?

Mr. Gilmour

What my hon. and gallant Friend says is, of course, perfectly true, and I will readily bear in mind the possibility of a broadcast in considering further publicity for the expansion of the T.A.V.R., but this is not really a suitable subject for the formal type of Ministerial broadcast.