Children's Programmes

Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th April 1959.

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Photo of Mr Frank Allaun Mr Frank Allaun , Salford East 12:00 am, 13th April 1959

asked the Postmaster-General what directions he has given to the British Broadcasting Corporation under Article 16 (4) of the Licence and to the Independent Television Authority under Section 9 (2) of the Television Act, with regard to the broadcasting of defined types of children's programmes.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Thompson Mr Kenneth Thompson , Liverpool, Walton

None, Sir. Programme content is a matter for the broadcasting authorities: and the B.B.C. and I.T.A. have already announced that they have set up a joint committee, under the Chairmanship of Miss May O'Connor, to consider the recommendations of the Nuffield Foundation Report on "Television and the Child". A copy of this report is available in the Library.

Photo of Mr Frank Allaun Mr Frank Allaun , Salford East

Will the Minister ask the B.B.C. or the I.T.A., or this new Committee, to consider labelling programmes between 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock in the Radio Times or T.V. Times either as "U", "A" or "X" in order to indicate to parents the suitability of those programmes?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Thompson Mr Kenneth Thompson , Liverpool, Walton

The hon. Gentleman will be conscious of the difficulty of pursuing a policy of that kind, but I am sure that both authorities will take note of the suggestion he has made.