B.B.C. Forces Network, Hamburg

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 22nd July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for War when he decided to cut down the local programmes broadcast by the British Forces Network at Hamburg.

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

Certain reductions had to be made in Germany to save deutschmarks. This was one of the recommendations of the Commanders-in-Chief and was accepted. There will continue to be an all day service on the Forces Network, but far more items will consist of selected relays from the B.B.C. Light and Home programmes.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when in answer to a Question I put to him on 8th April, he said: There is no intention of closing down the British Forces Network."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 8th April, 1952; Vol. 498, c. 2476.] he in fact grossly misled the House? Is he aware that "Mrs. Dale's Diary" and matters of that kind are really not the stuff to give the troops?

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

What I said then is exactly what I meant. There is no intention of closing down the Forces Network in B.A.O.R. It will remain open, but, instead of hiring dance bands and symphony concerts from among people in Germany, the troops will get it from this country. I am not qualified to comment on "Mrs. Dale's Diary."