asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will make a statement on the protest made to him by local authorities in north Lincolnshire about the unsatisfactory reception on the medium wave-band, 434 metres, Northern Home Service, and also from the television service; and what steps he is taking to improve these two services.
I have received representations about unsatisfactory reception of the North Home Service from nine local authorities.I understand from the B.B.C. that north Lincolnshire should normally receive a good service from Moorside Edge on 434 metres, but that during the winter evenings serious interference has been caused by a Russian station using the same wavelength. We have protested to the Soviet Administration but, since 4th March, the B.B.C. has heard a second Russian transmitter using the wavelength, and I regret that the interference has become worse. A further strong protest is being sent.The B.B.C. was able to make a slight improvement in the situation earlier this year and hopes to make a further improvement by next winter. Reception conditions should improve during the summer months.I understand from the B.B.C. that normally the television programmes should be well received in the greater part of north Lincolnshire.