HC Deb 01 February 1957 vol 563 cc230-2W
Mr. G. Darling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what programmes in the British Broadcasting Corporation's overseas and European services have been discontinued or curtailed since 1950.

Mr. Ian Harvey

The net programme hours of services which have been curtailed or discontinued since 1950 are are shown in the following table of weekly programme hours of total output as at 1st July, 1950, and 1st July, 1956, respectively.

1950 1956
South African Service
Colonial Service
Greek for Cyprus ¾ Nil
Far Eastern Service
Dutch for Netherlands East Indies Nil
French for South East Asia Nil
Latin American Service
Latin American Spanish 40¼ 21
Latin American Portuguese 24½
European Services
English 54¾ 34¾
Belgian— Flemish/French Nil
Dutch 7 4
French 29¾ 21
German 36¾ 28¾
Luxembourg Patois ¼ Nil
Yugoslav 12¾ 11¾
Non-European Services in English
General Overseas Service 168 147
hrs. mins. hrs. mins.
North American Service 42 55 35 55
Pacific Service 12¼ 7
Colonial Service 12 10¾
Eastern Service Nil

Mr. G. Darling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British Broadcasting Corporation programmes of the Latin-American service were rebroadcast in South and Central America in 1949 and in 1956.

Mr. Ian Harvey

I am informed that in 1949 183 stations rebroadcast the British Broadcasting Corporation's Latin American service for a total time of 340 hours a week. In 1956 the service was rebroadcast regularly by 11 stations for a total of 23 hours a week.