asked the Assistant Postmaster-General, in view of the fact that the necessary transmitter is available, that the roads are now complete, that a temporary mast could be erected at a cost of £200, and that a small sum would provide the necessary building, why there is a continued ban against the opening of Pontop Pike.
§ Mr. Gammans
The B.B.C. informs me that the cost of providing a permanent station would be £150,000-£200,000. A temporary station would cost between £50,000 and £60,000 in addition to a transmitter and mast, and about half this amount would be wasted when the station was made permanent. In either case Post Office communicating links would cost about £45,000. In view of the substantial expenditure involved the station cannot go ahead immediately, but my noble Friend has promised that Pontop Pike shall be first on the list when conditions permit the opening of additional stations.