B.B.C. (Government Assistance)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th March 1947.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 20th March 1947

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.

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

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.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

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?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey Rotherhithe

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?

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

I am sorry the hon. Member drew attention to it. It was certainly in very bad taste.

An Hon. Member:

Disgusting.