HC Deb 23 February 1965 vol 707 cc59-60W
72. Mr. Grimond

asked the Postmaster-General if he will erect a radio station in Shetland in view of complaints from vessels fishing to the north and west of Shetland that they cannot maintain contact with Wick Radio.

Mr. Benn

I should find it difficult to justify a station in Shetland, having regard to the small amount of traffic that it would be called on to handle. There are, however, other possibilities for better communication with vessels fishing far out to the north and north-west. In the first place, the aerial at Wick Radio is being re-sited. This will be completed shortly and should result in a substantial improvement in the service from that station. Secondly, the Post Office operates a long-distance radio telephone service which should provide the solution for trawler owners prepared to fit the right kind of standard equipment. My officials have offered to collaborate with the Aberdeen trawler owners in trials of this service.