§ Mr. Hugh D. Brown
asked the Postmaster-General if he is now able to state when colour programmes will start on B.B.C.1 and independent television.
§ Mr. Mason
As my predecessor said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North (Mr. E. Rowlands) on 27th July, 1967, B.B.C.1 and independent television programmes in colour148W will start in London, the Midlands and the North of England simultaneously.
For an operation of this complexity and magnitude I still cannot guarantee a start before early 1970 but we are working in close co-operation with the broadcasting authorities and industry and will bring the date forward if we can.—[Vol. 751, c. 223–4.]