§ Mr. H. Morrison
asked the Postmaster-General in what foreign languages and from what stations foreign language matter is being disseminated by the British Broadcasting Corporation; and what are the reasons for not, so far, disseminating British news in German and Italian?
§ Sir W. Womersley
No programme in foreign languages is yet being transmitted by the British Broadcasting Corporation. The Corporation has, however, been making active preparations for the broadcasting of daily news bulletins in Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, in accordance with the request recently made to them by His Majesty's Government; and transmissions are expected to start on a limited scale early in the New Year. As my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated on the 1st November, the possibility of transmissions in other languages is not excluded; but provision is first being made for the needs which have been most strongly felt.