Wharfedale

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 Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott , Ripon 12:00 am, 25th July 1968

asked the Postmaster-General what steps are being taken to provide B.B.C. 2 programmes and colour television to those parts of Wharfedale between Harewood and Ilkley; and if he will now arrange for a reduction in the television licence fees to all receivers who are unable to obtain B.B.C. 2 programmes.

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

The B.B.C. tells me that it hopes to open the Bilsdale U.H.F. station, radiating B.B.C. 2 with its colour content, and which will serve the Harewood area, during the winter of 1968–69. Towards the end of 1969, a satellite station will be opened to relay the service to Wharfedale as far as Ilkley.

The Answer to the second part of the Question is: "No, Sir ".

Photo of Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott , Ripon

Is it not absolutely disgusting that the Postmaster-General should condone the charging of a fee for services which the B.B.C. does not provide?

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

I remind the hon. and gallant Gentleman that I dealt with that and with television reception and even the charges in an Adjournment debate on 22nd March.