§ Mr. Raffan
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the cost of adding a booster aerial to the Winter hill transmitter in Lancashire to enable the whole of Delyn and Deeside to receive ultra high frequency television services from transmitters in Wales; and whether there are any plans to add such an aerial.
§ Mr. Hurd
It would not be possible to bring Welsh UHF television services to Deeside by adding a further transmitter at Winter hill because the necessary frequencies are not available. The only way to bring a Welsh television signal to those area; of Deeside which cannot now receive Welsh services would be to construct relays taking a signal from the main north-east Wales transmitter at Moel-y-Parc. Even if the frequencies needed were available—and this is not certain—the cost would mean diverting scarce resources from the task of bringing UHF reception to those who have no television service at all.