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Scotland

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1950

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29.

asked the Postmaster-General when it is proposed to extend television to cover the extreme North of Scotland.

The present programme provides for a station to be installed at Aberdeen. Until experience is obtained of the range of this station, it will not be possible to determine what further steps should be taken to extend television coverage.

In view of the peculiar topography of Scotland, it is very difficult to forecast.

Could the Postmaster-General say whether some small rural district council is holding up this development?

While I appreciate the right hon. Gentleman's last remark, may I ask him when the station is to be established in Aberdeen?

That information has been given previously. I have not the information with me at the moment.

31.

asked the Postmaster-General whether the proposed new Scottish television station will have its own studios to enable it to make its own Scottish television.

No, Sir, but it will, however, have outside broadcast facilities for televising Scottish events.

I think it is a pity, for Scotland could make a contribution. Would the Minister say why it has taken such a long time to put up this station?

The building of a television station is a very complicated and intricate job and one that cannot be done in five minutes.