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Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Postmaster-General how much of the television capital expenditure of £811,500, given in the British Broadcasting Corporation accounts for the last financial year, has been spent on new technical equipment; and what portion of this has been spent on developing methods for the film recording of television programmes.

This is a matter for the British Broadcasting Corporation, but I understand from the Corporation that the amount for new equipment was of the order of £400,000; it would, however, be contrary to the independence in day-to-day management accorded by Governments to the Corporation to ask them to furnish a more detailed account of then expenditure on individual items.