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Reception, Cornwall

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 9 April 1952

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what is being done to improve radio reception in West Cornwall.

I understand from the B.B.C. that they are making an extensive investigation into reception of the West Home Service programme in Cornwall to find out whether the strength of the signal can be increased. The main hope of improvement must, however, lie in the provision of very high frequency sound services when that is possible.

Is the Assistant Postmaster-General aware that a somewhat similar answer was given last July, and that we in Cornwall are very dissatisfied with the B.B.C. engineers and with the Post Office in this respect? Is he aware that we expect something better to be done at once? Cornwall is the most important county in England, and we shall not have a television service for a long time to come, so that we have every right to expect this research, and I hope the hon. Gentleman will pursue it further.

As Cornwall is a county which is dissatisfied with both the present Postmaster-General and the past one, it shows a fine sense of impartiality.

In view of the unsatisfactory answer that I have received, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the question on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.