27 MARCH 1942, Page 13

SIR,—" Private Soldier's " letter makes sad but true reading.

If the B.B.C. would give the forces broadcasts of a similar nature to those it gives the children of the country in its school broadcasts it would be using to good effect the unique opportunity offered it by the war. These broadcasts are one of the most promising contributions to the education of the men and women of the future. Science, travel, history and the war itself provide subjects that are simply and attrac- tively treated so as to arouse interest in the listeners. They thus awaken latent tastes and abilities in the young, who will grow up, we hope, with less limited interests than those of which " Private Soldier " complains—" jazz and legs " ; doubtless they would. I do not know if the function of the B.B.C. has ever been defined, but as a national institution it must do something more than please the majority of its licence-holders.—I am, Sir, yours faithfully, New Barn House, Ferry Hinksey, Oxford. MARGARET SPARROW.