Oral Answers to Questions — British Broadcasting Corporation.

– in the House of Commons on 15th May 1930.

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Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Abingdon

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will inquire into the charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation with a view to its revision so as to make the Postmaster-General responsible for questions such as the treatment and remuneration of the officials of the corporation, and also to enable the programmes to be subjected to effective criticism both concerning their quality and the sums paid in some instances for the rights of reproduction?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

I do not consider that it would be advisable to revise the charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the sense indicated by the hon. and gallant Member.

Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Abingdon

What steps can be taken by officials who feel themselves aggrieved owing to their dismissal?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

Perhaps, if the hon. and gallant Member would put that question down, or would communicate with me privately, we might consider it.

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Middlesbrough East

Is the Prime Minister aware that the present restrictions on Sunday broadcasting are causing a considerable amount of dissatisfaction, and is there any appeal from the decision of the British Broadcasting Corporation?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

I have not the provisions of the Charter at my fingers' ends, but the Charter was granted in 1927 for 10 years, and on that basic fact I gave my reply to the question of the hon. and gallant Member opposite.