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Oral Answers to Questions — Korea – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 2nd July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present arrangements for broadcasts on behalf of the United Nations to China and North Korea, respectively; and how the content of these broadcasts is decided.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I understand that American transmitters in various places carry news programmes prepared by the staff of the United Nations in the Chinese and Korean languages.

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

Is there no continuous liaison between the various broadcasting stations, and if that is the case, would it not be desirable that there should be such liaison in view of the great importance of getting across to the people of China and North Korea the reasons why we are fighting in Korea and emphasising that we bear them no ill will?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

The hon. Gentleman's question related to broadcasts on behalf of the United Nations. I was dealing with broadcasts which are under the supervision of the United Nations Secretariat at the United Nations headquarters.

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

Can my right hon. and learned Friend indicate to us what proportion of the Chinese and North Korean populations are in possession of high-powered wireless receiving sets?