HC Deb 15 July 1959 vol 609 c24W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Postmaster-General what general principles he takes into consideration when deciding whether or not to use his powers under Section 15 (4) of the Licence and Agreement to order the British Broadcasting Corporation to refrain from issuing a charitable appeal.

Mr. Marples

The British Broadcasting Corporation has traditionally been given independence in the day to day administration of their affairs, including programmes. Unless there were some overriding consideration, I would not think it appropriate to use powers of direction under Clause 15 (4) of the Licence and Agreement.

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