HC Deb 19 February 1946 vol 419 cc221-2W
Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Minister of Information the amount which the Government contributed in each of the war years and the year immediately before, to B.B.C. income; and specify the different services provided by the B.B.C. for which these Government payments were made.

Mr. H. Wilson

The payment to the B.B.C. from the Broadcasting Vote was for the financial years:—.

1938–39 3,650,986
1939–40 3.759.526
1940–41 4,636,635
1941–42 6,700,000
1942–43 8,400,000
1943–44 8,400,000
1944–45 8,300,000

The payments during the war years were in respect of the Home and Overseas broadcasting services and the monitoring service. The Corporation's expenditure on these services was not in all instances recorded separately, as there was a considerable element of common expenditure; the overseas service was expanding throughout the war, and in the later years rather less than one-half of the payments may be attributed to it.

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