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Overseas Broadcasts (Jamming)

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now in a position to make a statement with regard to the Government's decision about meeting the cost of the measures necessary to counter the jamming of the British Broadcasting Corporation's foreign transmission by Cominform countries.

Yes, Sir. These measures will be carried out and will not—repeat "not"—be financed at the expense of existing services.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the decision of the Government in this respect will be widely welcomed by hon. Members on both sides of the House as a firm demonstration that Great Britain is not prepared to permit her right of free speech on the air to be curtailed by any foreign Power?

The essential is that this jamming practice must be met with anti-jamming efforts on our part which will not be allowed to affect our general broadcasting service.

If the hon. and gallant Member wishes to know how this is to be financed, perhaps he will await the debate which is to take place shortly.