HC Deb 26 November 1973 vol 865 cc17-8
23. Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if Sir Stewart Crawford will be taking evidence in Norfolk on the problems of rural broadcasting ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir J. Eden

Following the concern expressed in this House, I am sure that the Committee on Broadcasting Coverage will give careful consideration to the problems in North Norfolk. But the committee is independent and it is for the committee to decide where to take evidence.

Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler

Is my right hon. Friend aware that my constituents remain stoically opposed to the proposed removal of the Belmont transmitter from Anglia and its transfer to Yorkshire Television, and that they expect him to ensure the reception of Anglia programmes in West Norfolk?

Sir J. Eden

The answer to the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question is "Yes". The second point raised by my hon. Friend is a matter for the Independent Broadcasting Authority.

Mr. Jeffrey Archer

Will my right hon. Friend consider not granting licences until Sir Stewart Crawford has reported on the Anglia dispute?

Sir J. Eden

No, Sir. It is not a question of licences in this instance. This matter falls within the jurisdiction and judgment of the IBA, which is fully aware of the strong feelings expressed on both sides of the House.

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