HC Deb 08 December 1958 vol 597 cc9-10W
71. Mr. Gough

asked the Postmaster- General if he is aware that on the evening of the recent Scimitar deck-landing accident in H.M.S. "Victorious", the British Broadcasting Corporation news televised a film showing a man, known to many Service personnel, meeting his death in a similar type of accident, and in a slow and unpleasant manner, and repeated the showing of this film on the occasion of the salvaging of the aircraft from the sea bed; and if he will use his powers under Section 15 (4) of the Licence and Agreement to prevent the further showing of this film on the British Broadcasting Corporation's television.

Mr. K. Thompson

I assume the hon. Member is referring to the actual news film of the tragic deck-landing disaster to the Scimitar on 25th September. I am sorry if this film has given pain to anyone but I feel that it is a good principle to leave programme content to the British Broadcasting Corporation and I do not think it appropriate to use the powers of direction under Clause 15 (4) of the B.B.C.'s Licence and Agreement, as suggested by the hon. Member.