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Thursday, 25 May 1939

Mr BERNARD CORSER - I ask the Postmaster-General whether the following statement made by him when the Broadcasting Bill was before this House on the 3rd May, 1932, still represents his views -

We should regard broadcasting as a national undertaking, and should not, at this stage, consider the setting up of an authority which would compete with private enterprise ....

Its duty is to do certain things for the development of broadcasting. There is no reason why it should engage in certain activities which would bring it into competition with private enterprise.

It is our duty to pass constructive legislation; but we should not leave the way open for a governmental authority unnecessarily to undertake enterprises which should properly be left to private individuals.

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