Field Days in Parliament: 1953

  • Bernard Sendall


The proposals were debated in the Lords on 25/6 November and in the Commons on 14/5 December 1953. The Lords debate was on a motion tabled by Lord Halifax asking the House to disapprove of the White Paper proposals. With his consent the National Television Council had written to all peers asking them to attend the debate and support the motion. The Government responded by issuing a two-line Whip. Clement Attlee speaking at a miners’ rally the previous June had hinted that Labour would repeal the proposed measure when they were next returned to power. This effectively made it a party issue, excluding the possibility of a free vote.


Round Table Discussion Licence Revenue Commercial Broadcasting Independent Television Constructive Proposal 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    H of L 25 and 26 November 1953.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Lord Simon of Wythenshawe, The BBC from Within (Victor Gollancz, 1953) p. 283.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    H of C 14 and 15 December 1953.Google Scholar

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