HC Deb 04 May 1961 vol 639 cc128-9W
Mr. Mason

asked the Postmaster-General (1) to what extent he has recently given consideration to allowing further experiments in the production of coloured television; and whether he will convey to the British Broadcasting Corporation the results of any such recent examination;

(2) whether it is still his policy not to allow any development of coloured television until after the Pilkington Committee has reported;

(3) to what extent research engineers of his Department are working in conjunction with the British Broadcasting Corporation's television engineers on the development of coloured television;

(4) when he will be able to give a clear indication to radio and television retailers and the radio and television industry of the future course of coloured television;

(5) In view of the well-advanced techniques of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the production of coloured television and the frustrations being felt by the television industry awaiting a decision on its future, he will ask the Pilkington Committee to issue an interim report on their findings on the future course for coloured television;

(6) whether he will give further consideration to the British Broadcasting Corporation's general desire to transmit coloured television for a few hours each week, thereby assisting them to gain more practical experience of transmission and reception and also stimulating research within the television industry into coloured television receiver designs.

Mr. Bevins

On matters relating to experiments in, and the introduction of, coloured television, I cannot at present add to my reply of the 19th April to the hon. Member for Erith and Crayford (Mr. Dodds). I am hoping to be able to reply soon to the British Broadcasting Corporation. As regards co-operation between Post Office and B.B.C. research engineers in development of coloured television, close contact is, of course, maintained, e.g. through the work of the Technical Sub-Committee of the Television Advisory Committee.