HC Deb 01 February 1956 vol 548 cc118-9W
87. Mr. Allaun

asked the Postmaster-General what are the terms which licence holders on channels in Band III have agreed to accept for removal to other channels.

Dr. Hill

Every user of private mobile radio services is informed at the time his licence is issued that his frequencies may have to be changed. These users will be given a reasonable period of notice when they are required to move from Band III. The Postmaster-General has the legal power under the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1949, to modify or withdraw any licence.

90 and 91. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Postmaster-General (1) if any wavelengths are now available in Band III for allocation in any part of the country to either the British Broadcasting Corporation or the Independent Television Authority;

(2) what progress has been made in making all the channels in Band III available for television transmission.

Dr. Hill

Two channels in Band III are at present in use for television and a third will become available about the middle of this year. Plans have been prepared to free two further channels and we are pursuing the problem of releasing the remaining three.