HC Deb 10 November 1954 vol 532 cc139-40W
99 and 100. Mr. Cooper-Key

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General (1) whether he is aware of the poor reception of wireless and television in the Hastings area; that on a standard set even with a high aerial after dark it is not possible to receive for any duration adequate entertainment or home news; and whether he will take steps to improve the standard;

(2) whether he will take notice of the poor wireless reception in the Hastings area in comparison with the rest of the country and grant rebates to licence holders in this district.

Mr. Gammans

Television reception at Hastings, which is on the fringe of the reception area from Alexandra Palace, is certainly difficult at present, but will be much better when the transmitter moves to the Crystal Palace site. The B.B.C. tells me that there should be no difficulty in receiving the Home sound programme satisfactorily from the Bexhill transmitter on 206 metres or the Light Programme from Droitwich on 1,500 metres. My noble Friend regrets he is unable to adopt the suggestion with regard to licence rebates.