B.B.C. Monitoring Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30 May 1945.

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Photo of Sir Alfred Beit Sir Alfred Beit , St Pancras South East 12:00, 30 May 1945

asked the Minister of Information what steps are being taken to reduce the monitoring service of the B.B.C.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

The present scale of the B.B.C. monitoring service is principally due to the demands of the Service and other Government Departments. We intend to make reductions and their scope is now being considered.

Photo of Sir Alfred Beit Sir Alfred Beit , St Pancras South East

Will not the abolition of German broadcasting mean that the German side of this service can be reduced forthwith?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

I think that is largely so.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Is it possible for the right hon. Gentleman, now that he is Minister of Information, to remove the prejudice of the B.B.C. staff against minority opinion in this country?

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

Will the Minister consider the question of the "News Digest," and take no steps which will interfere with the monitoring necessary for the preparation of that invaluable document?

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

Is it not a fact that the situation in Germany, and the need for re-educating Germany, is a reason for extending and not cutting down the German monitoring?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

I think the hon. Member is mistaken. It is not the German services that are concerned, but the monitoring services.