HC Deb 08 August 1966 vol 733 cc262-3W
Mr. Dunn

asked the Postmaster-General for how many hours weekly United States filmed programmes are allowed on the independent television network under the current United States quota; and what is the actual total number of hours of screened programme time used by the United States productions under the present quota system;

(2) for how many hours per week British productions are programmed on the independent television network; what portion of such programme time is allocated to production of independent British film companies; and what is the actual screen time utilised by the independent television programme contractors.

Mr. Edward Short

Section 3(1,c) of the Television Act, 1964 places a duty upon the Independent Television Authority to satisfy itself that, so far as possible, proper proportions of the recorded and other matter included in the programmes broadcast by them are of British origin and British performance. The practical interpretation of this duty is a matter for the Authority; and they will, I am sure, be glad to give my hon. Friend the information he seeks.