Oral Answers to Questions — B.B.C. Board of Governors

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1945.

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Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham 12:00 am, 21st February 1945

asked the Minister of Information whether he will consider appointing a Member of the House of Lords to the Board of Governors of the B.B.C., in addition to two Members of this House, so that both Houses of Parliament will have a representative on the B.B.C.

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

Governors of the B.B.C. are appointed by His Majesty the King in Council, and it is the practice to select them according to their personal qualifications and not on account of their association with particular institutions.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the lack of reference to important public Debates in another place, in the weekly feature of the B.B.C., "The Week in Westminster"; and will he take steps to see that those Debates are referred to?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

I do not think that has anything to do with the Question on the Paper.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Does the Minister suggest by his reply that no Member of Parliament has the necessary qualifications to sit on the Board of Governors of the B.B.C.?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

There are two Members of Parliament acting as Governors, but they are there by accident, and not by virtue of their Membership of this House.