This is a matter for the B.B.C., but it tells me that, since the North-East area has had its own wavelength, the Newcastle studios have been putting out about three hours and twenty minutes weekly of regular programmes of special interest to the area. This is about 3 per cent. of the time occupied by the Home Service.
Is the Postmaster-General aware that these figures are a little discouraging and that Manchester is not the beginning of the North but merely the end of the South? We in Northumberland were a kindom when London was a grass park. Will the right hon. Gentleman use what influence he has to ensure that these percentages are greatly increased?
The North-East has done a little better since this change was made. As the hon. Gentleman knows, more time is devoted to local North-East news and to the programme known, I believe, as the "Voice of the People" However, I appreciate what the hon. Gentleman has said and I will gladly convey his views to the B.B.C.