Receivers (Wavelength Adaptors)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th May 1953.

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Photo of Mr Richard Winterbottom Mr Richard Winterbottom , Sheffield, Brightside 12:00 am, 20th May 1953

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what information he has sought from the electronic industry as to the capital cost of introducing commercial television, including the use of adaptors for receivers now under licence.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

No reliable costs can be given by the radio industry until the size of the transmitting stations and the range of frequencies to be covered by the adaptors have been settled.

Photo of Mr Richard Winterbottom Mr Richard Winterbottom , Sheffield, Brightside

Will the Assistant Postmaster-General assure the House that this information and all particulars relating to the matter will be placed before this House when he makes his promised report on television?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

I cannot give that assurance, but a general programme of television development of all sorts will be laid before this House at the earliest possible moment.

Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen

Would my hon. Friend give some indication as to how much the adaptors are likely to cost?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

No, it is not possible at this stage to give any reliable estimate of the cost until it is decided in which wave band or frequency band the station will work.