Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting.

– in the House of Commons on 9th April 1936.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Postmaster-General whether Post Office engineers engaged in dealing with cases of interference with broadcast reception in this country are empowered to take or recommend action for the prevention of interference with the reception of foreign programmes as well as interference with the reception of British programmes; and what is the present number of such engineers employed and the annual expenditure thereon?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

It is not the practice to deal with complaints of interference with the reception of foreign programmes. The number of engineering officers at present employed in dealing with cases of interference with broadcast reception of British programmes—expressed in terms of full time staff—is 234. The total annual expenditure is at present about £80,000.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Is any interference or jamming of foreign programmes caused by specific instructions of Government Departments?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

Not that I am aware of. The interference complained of is the fact that these foreign station broadcasts fade out when they get to this country owing to the full strength of the broadcast.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many programmes are jammed out?