HC Deb 06 April 1955 vol 539 c107W
Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether it was with his authority that the solicitor prosecuting for the General Post Office in a Nottingham police court stated that amateur transmitters were cluttering up the air and spoiling programmes.

Mr. Gammans

I am glad to have this opportunity of clearing up any misunderstanding that may have arisen. The case before the court related to a transmitting station which was not only operated without a licence but was also worked on a frequency not available to amateurs. The solicitor's comment, of which varying reports have appeared in the Press, was to the effect that the air was crowded with transmitting stations of all kinds and unless there was a close check on them listeners' enjoyment would be spoiled. There was no intention whatever to cast any reflection on the numerous able and devoted amateurs who operate within the terms of their Post Office licence and on their properly allotted wavelengths.