Ref NoWEA/PP/V/4
CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleVideo called 'The Parliament Programme' shown on Channel Four, 12 April 1988
Date12 April 1988
Extent1 videocassette (VHS, 30 min.)
DescriptionThe video is a recording of an episode of 'the Parliament Programme' shown on Channel Four and presented by Glyn Mathias. It consists of an interview with Speaker Weatherill; coverage of a debate in the House of Lords, when Lord Young, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is being accused of deceiving the House; a feature on the Medical Research Committee on its recommendations for the priorities in medical research; and of the forthcoming business for the day. During the interview Weatherill describes the evolving role of Speaker of the House of Commons, with reference to previous Speakers. He details his own perspective in gauging the mood of the House, controlling the rowdiness and his preparation for debates. He states his support of the introduction of televising procedings and feels that it will promote greater understanding of parliamentary procedures among the public. In addition to the interview the camera shows shots of portraits of Speakers in Speaker's House, photographs of Weatherill as a child, in the army and with his family and also visits by his grandchildren to Speakers House.
NotesPrevious reference number: WEA/PP/V4/0561760

SubjectParliamentary debates
Media research
Armed forces
Related PersonMathias, Glyn, (1945-), television presenter
Young, David, Baron Young of Graffham, (1932-), Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1987-1989)
Related OrganisationHouse of Commons
Related PlaceWestminster, City of Westminster, London
Associated OrganisationChannel 4
CategoryMoving image recordings
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU. On site access at the University of Kent only. Access to audio-visual recordings is through digital listening/viewing copies. The University of Kent acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors in this recording and the rights of those not identified
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