asked the Postmaster-General (1) what procedure is being adopted by the Broadcasting Committee in preparation for the new charter; are the proceedings of the Committee public; will the evidence be made public; and will representatives of organised associations be allowed to give evidence so that all points of view may be taken into consideration before a final decision is reached; and whether all memoranda and minutes are forwarded to the British Broadcasting Corporation for their observations, and will these be made public;
(2) how many meetings the Broadcasting Committee have held; when it is expected their report will be available; and will the minutes and evidence be made public?
Persons and organisations desiring to submit evidence or representations to the Broadcasting Committee were invited to do so not later than the 31st of May last. The Committee has held 19 meetings up to the present. These meetings are not open to the public nor will the minutes and evidence be made public. It is not the case that the Committee forwards al memoranda and minutes to the British Broadcasting Corporation; but if it desires to obtain the Corporation's reply to any criticisms or suggestions it is within its discretion to do so. The proceedings of the Committee have now reached an advanced stage, but I am not yet in a position to say when its report will be available.
As to the other point, the proceedings are being treated as confidential with the intention of giving as much freedom as possible to the witnesses in the expression of their opinions.