Oral Answers to Questions — Midnight News Bulletin.

– in the House of Commons on 19th May 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

asked the Minister of Information whether he will consider having the last news bulletin broadcast at 11 p.m. instead of midnight in order to save coal, electricity and gas between 11 p.m. and midnight?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

Hitherto it has not been thought worth while to make such a change in view of the relatively small saving in fuel which would be achieved. But we are asking the B.B.C. to reconsider the suggestion.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Will the Minister bear in mind the fact that in many families people remain up until 12 o'clock burning light and fuel, just in order to hear the news, and that they would go to bed earlier if the news was at 11 o'clock?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

That consideration will certainly be borne in mind.