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Colour Television

Volume 640: debated on Thursday 18 May 1961

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72.

asked the Postmaster- General when he received representations from the Radio and Television Retailers Association Limited asking for a date when an announcement will be made about coloured television; whether he has recognised the urgency for such a decision, in view of the frustration felt in the trade; and, in view of the fact that the Pilkington Committee has not yet discussed the future of coloured television and the lineage implications, whether he will ask them to consider it immediately.

The Radio and Television Retailers Association asked me on 25th April for an early decision on line standards, mentioning the possible effect of delay on the introduction of colour television. As regards the more general point raised by the hon. Member, I would refer him to my reply of the 17th May to the hon. Member for Feltham (Mr. Hunter).

73.

asked the Postmaster-General what information he has about the present drive by United States companies to export colour television tubes into this country before the United Kingdom industry has completed its research and design of colour television tubes; and what consultations he is having with the radio and television industry on the matter.