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Licences, Devon (Revenue)

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1951

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asked the Postmaster-General what revenue the Post Office derive from wireless licences in Devonshire.

Proceeds from the sale of wireless licences in Devonshire during 1950 were approximately £222,000.

Will the hon. Gentleman not agree that it is a little hard that the people of Devon should have to pay this vast sum of money and then not get proper reception?

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that V. H. F. broadcasting transmitters can be bought for approximately £50,000, and in view of the fact that he is collecting four times that money from licence holders in the Devon area would it not be wise to proceed with this service as soon as possible?

Is this not a question of wavelengths and frequencies rather than transmitters? Although this may be a matter for the B.B.C, is it not a matter for the Government to see that we get the wavelengths necessary for transmissions in this country? Will the hon. Gentleman see that we get an adequate allocation of wavelengths?