HC Deb 06 March 1919 vol 113 cc582-3

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the anti-British propaganda which is being developed throughout the United States; and whether what steps, if any, are being taken to offset such propaganda?


I am aware of a certain recrudescence of hostile expression in some not very important quarters, in the Press and elsewhere, in the United States.

The Foreign Office has at present under consideration the future of British propaganda in the United States, in which some change from the methods of publicity adopted during the War will necessarily require to be introduced. At the same time it is of the first importance that accurate information on all subjects connected with the British Empire should always be available to American inquirers, and this will be borne in mind.

I would impress on my hon. Friend that the best "propaganda" for us is often undertaken by American citizens themselves, and I am confident that we have no lack of such champions, with knowledge and ability for the purpose, in that friendly country.


Are the Hearst newspapers still barred telegrams from this country; and can any steps be taken to cement or improve the relations between the British people and Mr. Hearst?


The hon. Member should give notice of that question.