Radio Transmission (Regional and Outlying Areas)

Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 9th February 1972

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy in regard to the provision of regional radio transmission and the extension of services to outlying communities.

Photo of Mr Christopher Chataway Mr Christopher Chataway , Chichester

I would refer the hon. Member to my White Paper "An Alternative Service of Radio Broadcasting", Cmnd. 4636.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the Minister aware that his policy is breaking up, or is likely to break up, some of the excellent teams operating from the B.B.C. in Newcastle and is depriving the areas of North Northumberland in particular of the type of services they need regarding both weather transmissions and local news?

Photo of Mr Christopher Chataway Mr Christopher Chataway , Chichester

The hon. Gentleman may recall that the B.B.C., as part of the proposals contained in "Broadcasting in the 'Seventies", decided to assimilate Radio 4 to a single programme in England. I understand, however, that on V.H.F. the B.B.C. is continuing the regional opt-outs which provide news and weather forecasts on a regional basis.