HC Deb 31 March 1977 vol 929 cc193-4W
26. Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the disruption caused by phone-in programmes to telephone users in the Dorset area and elsewhere, if he will give a general direction to the British Broadcasting Corporation to have regard to the interests of telephone users as a whole when drawing up schedules for such programmes.

Mr. John

The corporation tells me that there is close liaison with the Post Office when arranging phone-in programmes to minimise the risk of inconvenience to telephone users. My right hon. Friend does not consider that a general direction to the BBC would in the circumstances be appropriate.