Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th March 1947.
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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will cease subsidising the B.B.C. and make the B.B.C. operate within the limits of its own resources from licences.
I have been asked to reply. Home broadcasting services are not subsidised, but it is right that the general taxpayer, rather than the home listener, should bear the cost of broadcasting to other countries.
Was not the real reason for subsidising the B.B.C. that the Government, like the Russian Government, want to spread their poisonous doctrine at the taxpayers' expense?
Is it not out of Order, Sir, that an hon. Member should make a statement of that description when we have in the Gallery representatives of the Russian Government?
I am sorry the hon. Member drew attention to it. It was certainly in very bad taste.
An Hon. Member:
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