HC Deb 07 March 1955 vol 538 cc6-7W
71. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what the total hours of daily broadcasting to European countries by the British Broadcasting Corporation after the proposed reductions will be; if he will give an estimate of the comparable figure for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; and how these totals compare with those of a year ago.

Lord John Hope

The daily hours of the B.B.C. European Services after the proposed reductions will be 23 hours to the free countries of Europe, including services in English, and 11 hours to Russia and the satellite countries—an aggregate of 34 hours. A year ago the aggregate was 37 hours, of which 11 were directed to Cominform countries.

Soviet Russian services to the free countries of Europe amount to about 38 hours daily, and this figure is unchanged since a year ago. It is not possible to give a comparable figure for Soviet Russian services to Iron Curtain countries.