HC Deb 24 May 1966 vol 729 cc81-2W
Mr. G. Johnson Smith

asked the Postmaster-General what consideration has been given to making it compulsory for vehicles to be fitted with suppressors in order to minimise interference with the reception of television programmes; what decision he has made; and what were the reasons that led to it.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Interference to television reception is best suppressed at source and the Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Interference from Ignition Apparatus) Regulations, 1952, require all new motor vehicles sold for use in the United Kingdom since 1st July, 1953, to be fitted with suppressors to prevent ignition interference. Users of vehicles are required to maintain the suppression. A representative sample of all cars manufactured or imported for use in this country is examined by the Post Office to ensure so far as is possible that the Regulations are complied with. Though the Regulations do not apply to cars manufactured before 1st July, 1953, their numbers are, of course, constantly