HC Deb 08 July 1924 vol 175 cc1984-5W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the British Broadcasting Company decided, at its meeting on 19th June, to dispose of some of the profits by voting a sum of£2,000 for distribution among the directors in addition to their regular remuneration; and whether, seeing that such gifts can only be made with his consent, and that £500per annum for the chairman and £200 per annum for each director is adequate payment for the services rendered, he will state whether he has sanctioned the payment?


The decision, to which the hon. Member refers, has been brought to my notice. I understand that the duties of the directors of the British Broadcasting Company 'were especially heavy durnig the first year and a half of the company's existence; and, if I were satisfied that it is within my power, I should be glad to sanction this acknowledgement of the outstanding service which has been rendered to the public by the establishment of the Broadcasting organisation as it exists to-day. At present I am in doubt whether the proposal is altogether consistent with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company, and with the agreements between the company and the Post Office; but I am giving the matter further consideration.