§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
asked the Postmaster-General what action he is taking to expedite the availability of BBC2 in Northern Ireland, especially in the northwestern area.
§ Mr. Forrest
asked the Postmaster-General when he expects BBC2 to become obtainable in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Joseph Slater
The extension of BBC2 coverage is primarily a matter for the BBC. They tell me that, owing to delay in the production of aerial equipment, their station at Divis will not open this autumn as they had expected; but that it should open early next year provided that the weather this winter does not cause any further set-backs.
Approval has also been given for a station to broadcast BBC2 in the Londonderry area. The BBC are not yet able to give a firm date for the completion of this station.