Television Transmissions (Satellites)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 13th July 1967

asked the Postmaster-General if he will now consider a British commercial satellite for television transmissions; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Edward Short Mr Edward Short , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

We do not at present see sufficient reason to expend the resources necessary for a British project of this nature.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that my Question was directed not to the present but to the future? In view of the enormous commercial advantages that could accrue to this country in terms of communications, will not the Government come down to earth on this issue of satellites and get on with the job of producing commercial satellites for communications and television?

Photo of Mr Edward Short Mr Edward Short , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Whether the hon. Gentleman's Question was directed to the present or the future, it contains the word "now", and I answered it accordingly. He knows that the Post Office is contributing heavily to the global satellite system and that these satellites are being used for telecommunications.