HC Deb 20 April 1939 vol 346 cc509-10W
Sir J. Leech

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the British news in foreign languages was until recently being broadcast by a method that did not allow it to be distinctly heard in Northern, Central and South-Eastern Europe; and what steps have been taken to remedy this?

Mr. Butler

I would refer to the reply given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Hertford (Sir M. Sueter) on the 3rd April, to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. E. Smith

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the interest created abroad by the broadcasts made in other languages by the British Broadcasting Corporation and of the desire for them to be increased; will he consult with the British Broadcasting Corporation with a view to arranging this and to include speeches made by representative people of all walks of life, music, sport, etc., trade union and co-operative functions and objective descriptions of the people's life, demonstrations, etc.; and to arrange for these broadcasts to be made on the present wavelengths used for foreign broadcasts and on others?

Mr. Butler

His Majesty's Government are fully aware of the interest aroused abroad by the B.B.C. broadcasts in foreign languages and the possibilities of useful extensions of them are constantly under consideration by the Government and the B.B.C.