§ 112. Mr. Grimond
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he has considered the reports from the engineers who have been inquiring into bad wireless reception in Orkney and Shetland; and what steps are being taken to improve it.
§ Mr. Gammans
The B.B.C. inform me that the investigation by their engineers into broadcast reception in Orkney and Shetland showed that, provided efficient receivers and outdoor aerials were used, reception of the Scottish Home Service was generally satisfactory but subject to occasional fading and some slight interference after dark. Fair reception of the Light Programme was possible on the long wave, which is less subject to fading at night than the medium wave transmission of that programme.
No material improvement can be made with the existing transmitters which are working at their maximum power and in accordance with the Copenhagen Plan for broadcasting in Europe. It is regretted that no early hope can be held out of providing stations in Orkney and Shetland.