HL Deb 13 June 1961 vol 232 c94

My Lords, I beg leave to ask the second Question which stands in my name on the Order Paper.

?[The Question was as follows:

To ask Her Majesty's Government if they will enquire as to why Mr. Chad Chipunza, Federal Rhodesian M.P., during his recent visit to the United Kingdom was not invited by the B.B.C. either through the medium of television or broadcasting to state the views of moderate African opinion in the Rhodesias whereas members of other African parties have been invited to do so.]


My Lords, I would remind my noble friend that programme content is entirely a matter for the B.B.C. and, accordingly, it would not be proper for Her Majesty's Government to suggest what subjects should or should not be dealt with, or indeed what speakers should or should not be invited to speak on them. At the same time I should like to make it clear that Her Majesty's Government expect the B.B.C. to treat controversial subjects with impartiality, and to choose their speakers accordingly.


My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for his answer. I am extremely pleased to hear him use the word "impartiality".