HC Deb 17 January 1975 vol 884 cc178-9W
Mr. Kershaw

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has for television for British forces in Germany; what installations and techniques will be used; what arrangements have been made with the German authorities; how many of the British forces and what areas will be able to receive it; what will be the cost of the television and on what Vote it will be borne; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert C. Brown

The programme will be relayed within West Germany using the British Service communications system. The final distribution will be by low-powered transmitter within the major areas of Service population. The method of transmitting the signal from the United Kingdom to Germany is still under study. The capital cost of the project is estimated at about £8 million with running costs of about £1 million a year. The cost will be borne on Defence Votes and provision will be included in Estimates to be presented to Parliament in due course.

The German authorities have been consulted at all stages and consultations are continuing. With regard to the other parts of the Question I would refer the hon. Member to my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) on 14th January 1975.—[Vol. 884, c. 180.]