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Radio and Television Broadcasts (Exchanges)

Oral Answers to Questions — Four-Power Statement on Nuclear Test Explosions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1957.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Rowley Regis and Tipton 12:00 am, 3rd July 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consultations have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and the United States Government with a view to proposing to the Soviet Government the regular exchange of uncensored radio and television broadcasts.

Photo of Mr Ian Harvey Mr Ian Harvey , Harrow East

We have been in touch with the United States Government through the normal diplomatic channel.

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Rowley Regis and Tipton

In view of the fact that an interview with Mr. Khrushchev was shown recently on television in this country without any attempt being made to censor it, would it not be a good thing if an arrangement could be made on reciprocal basis with the Soviet Union for the regular exchange of television and radio broadcasts?

Photo of Mr Ian Harvey Mr Ian Harvey , Harrow East

This is obviously a matter of considerable importance which has to be looked at. It is important to look at the question of reciprocity in these matters, and we are going into it with great care.