British Broadcast News (Empire).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons at on 4 May 1938.

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Photo of Mr Robert Morgan Mr Robert Morgan , Stourbridge

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there are any parts of the British Empire, and, if so, which, where no official British broadcast news is now received and distributed to the public; and what is the position in this respect in the different West Indian Colonies?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

I must confine my reply to those parts of the British Empire which fall within the sphere of the Colonial Office. I have recently addressed inquiries to the Governments of all these territories with regard to the reception and distribution of the British Offical Wireless News Service. So far as concerns Barbados, the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Malta, Seychelles and the Western Pacific High Commission territories, my information is not yet complete. I understand that in all the other dependencies, with the exception of Northern Rhodesia, Somaliland and St. Helena, the service is duly received and made available to the public. I might add, with reference to the latter part of the question, that Cable and Wireless, Limited, are under an obligation to supply a news service of British news to the West Indies (excluding Jamaica) and to British Guiana.