British Broadcasting Corporation (Staff)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 25th March 1943.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the world-wide importance of the service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, he will cease calling up men or women working at the British Broadcasting Corporation and call up all men and women working on the land who can be replaced by prisoners of war?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

No. Sir. Adequate arrangements exist for the retention of essential staff by the British Broadcasting Corporation, and workers who can be spared from agriculture are called up.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the time has not come to call up a few more farmers to fight for England?

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Is it not essential to leave on the land as many skilled agricultural workers as possible?

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Could the right hon. Gentleman not replace them by Italian prisoners?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Does the right hon. Gentleman think the B.B.C. can really live by eating their own words?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I have no doubt that my hon. Friend is experimenting.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will return to the British Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Bruce Belfrage and Mr. Alvar Liddell, in view of the importance to the national war effort of their radio services?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Both these men are in the Forces, and my hon. and gallant Friend should address his request in the first instance to the Service Ministers concerned.