B.B.C. Programmes (Cost)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove 12:00 am, 25th July 1968

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will arrange that in future the annual report and accounts of the British Broadcasting Corporation will include information on the cost of programmes which are produced but not screened.

Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove

Is the Minister aware that, in the near future, the public will be called upon to pay more in licence fees? Surely they should be told how that money is squandered?

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

It would be most unwise for me to interfere into the day-today running of the affairs of the B.B.C, and certainly it would be unwise to discourage it from producing venturesome programmes.

Photo of Mr Michael English Mr Michael English , Nottingham West

Is it not true that the total cost of programmes per hour is known and, of course, that this cost includes the cost of scrapped programmes?