Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting Services, Middle East
The hon. Member will recall that, as forecast in the White Paper (Cmnd. 225), the B.B.C. service in Arabic is now transmitted for an increased number of hours daily and expanded services in Swahili and Somali have begun. But more needs to be done particularly in strengthening the signal by relay, in shaping the presentation and approach of the programmes so as to achieve maximum impact, and in providing help in various ways to local broadcasting services. Measures to these ends are now being worked out.
Mr Anthony Greenwood (Rossendale)
The right hon. Gentleman will recall that on one occasion he said that what was needed in the Middle East was the voice of the bazaar. Are we to take it that he is now going to say that the voice of the bazaar is being heard, and, if so, can we take it that the Government now have a policy for the Middle East?
Mr Tufton Beamish (Lewes)
Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that because of the importance of the Middle East at the moment other parts of the world are not being neglected, particularly Latin America, broadcasting to which was cancelled, and which was a most retrograde step?