§ 4. Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will refuse any application to include advertising in hospital broadcasting services.
§ Mr. Jenkins
Is my hon. Friend aware that most of the hospital broadcasting service would be much opposed to the introduction of advertising into what is essentially a therapeutic service and would regard the introduction of even a small or experimental element as changing the nature of the service and being highly undesirable?
§ Mr. Speed
Is the Minister aware that many hospital broadcasting organisations are worried that they could lose benefits which they are getting at the moment as a result of advertising? Will he take 643 seriously the submission to his Department by the National Association of Hospital Broadcasting Organisations?
§ Mr. John
Certainly. That is one of the worrying factors—that by introducing advertising the benefits flowing from charitable organisations may be lost. That is one of the things that we shall have to bear in mind. I ask the House to realise that in any event this would be on an experimental basis for one year initially. It would not be a once-for-all decision.