Oral Answers to Questions — British Broadcasting Corporation.

– in the House of Commons on 31st October 1934.

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Photo of Captain Sir Peter Macdonald Captain Sir Peter Macdonald , Isle of Wight

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asked the Postmaster-General whether a decision has yet been reached as to the nature of the commission which will be set up to consider future policy with regard to broadcasting in this country after the expiry of the existing charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation; and if so, what, will be the approximate date on which such commission will be set up?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

No decisions have yet been arrived at in this matter. As my right hon. Friend stated yesterday, the Charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation has still more than two years to run.

Photo of Captain Sir Peter Macdonald Captain Sir Peter Macdonald , Isle of Wight

Is the hon. Member going to wait until the expiration of this contract before reconsidering the matter?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

We do not regard it as a matter of urgency at the moment.

Photo of Mr George Knight Mr George Knight , Nottingham South

In view of the numerous matters and considerations which will have to be taken into account, will the hon. Member communicate with our mutual right hon. Friend with a view to a preliminary survey being made as soon as possible so that when this commission starts time may not be lost in accumulating the necessary data.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

I will let my right hon. Friend know what the hon. Member says.

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

Will it be a Parliamentary commission or a mixed commission?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

I cannot say at the moment.