Television

Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1960.

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Photo of Sir John Hall Sir John Hall , Wycombe 12:00 am, 15th November 1960

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the Committee appointed by the Government of Kenya to examine the possibility of starting a television service in Kenya has yet reported; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

The Commission's Report was published by the Kenya Government on 15th January this year. I am arranging for a copy to be sent to my hon. Friend.

The Kenya Government are still examining the many complex problems involved in introducing television into Kenya.

Photo of Sir John Hall Sir John Hall , Wycombe

Can my right hon. Friend give me any idea as to why it is taking the Kenya Government so long to make up their mind about this?

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

No, Sir. As far as we are concerned, it is a very complex problem. The amount that my right hon. Friend and the Kenya Government quite rightly spent out of C.D. & W. funds largely on the improvement of radio communications has been over £¼ million in the last two years.

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind the value of television in education? It is greatly under-estimated so far, and it may have a very important application indeed in Kenya, not only for education in the schools but for adult education as well.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

I am fully aware of that, and I hope that the Kenya Government will make up their mind.