asked the Minister of Information whether he will revise the arrangements under which the British Broadcasting Corporation presently works so as to secure either an arrangement under which the Minister of Information is responsible to the House of Commons for the talks produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation or, alternatively, full control by the British Broadcasting Corporation of their programmes, free from the Ministry of Information or the exercise of political pressure by Members of the House of Commons?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the result of the present system of dual control means, in effect, that there is no control by this House at all? Is he satisfied with that situation?
The hon. Member will appreciate that the present arrangement is one which has been necessitated by war conditions. At the present time the B.B.C. accept the direction of the Ministry of Information in regard to all broadcasting matters which affect the national war effort, and I believe it is the general desire of the House that, apart from that one qualification, the B.B.C. should be free to conduct their own business.