HC Deb 09 March 1936 vol 309 cc1817-8W

asked the Postmaster-General what steps he proposes to take to oblige the providers of domestic electrical appliances in this country to produce apparatus which conforms to a satisfactory standard of noninterference with broadcasting reception; and if he can make any statement as to recent progress in this respect?


At present I have no statutory power to compel providers of domestic electrical appliances in this country to arrange that apparatus provided by them shall conform to a satisfactory standard of non-interference with broadcast reception. The whole question is under consideration by a. committee appointed by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, on which the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Post Office are represented, in addition to the electrical and wireless interests concerned. The committee has issued an interim report; and in co-operation with the British Standards Institution a specification for suppression apparatus has been issued and is available to manufacturers. Certain general questions, however, which have an important bearing on the problem are still the subject of consideration by an international electrical committee. The question whether there is any need for legislation will be considered when the British committee's final report is received.