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Band Iii (Test Transmissions)

Volume 529: debated on Wednesday 7 July 1954

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how soon actual test transmissions on Band III will provide pictures or test patterns so as to allow manufacturers to proceed with the production of reliable receivers.

I understand that several manufacturers are already in production of Band III television receivers. Apart from the tests referred to in my reply to the hon. Member of 30th June last, I have little doubt that the carrying out of further tests will be one of the first responsibilities of the Independent Television Authority.

Does the hon. Gentleman's reply mean that actual sets are going into production to receive signals in the Band III channels allocated to the I.T.A. without provision being made for the companies to test these transmissions?

I do not know what steps the companies who make these sets have taken before putting them on the market. Five firms have been granted experimental facilities, and I believe that they are producing the sets now.