HC Deb 06 April 1936 vol 310 cc2395-6
15. Captain GUNSTON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has been in communication recently with the French Government regarding the article which appeared in the "Aeroplane" of 25th March; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any action?


Yes, Sir. The French Ambassador made a protest about the article to which my hon. Friend refers. On examining the article, I found that it contained a number of allegations of an offensive nature against France which were quite unfounded and which could only be calculated to inflame opinion against that country. I deplore such unfounded statements about friendly nations, which can only be regarded as mischievous and harmful to good international relations. In this country we do not suppress or confiscate newspapers, but I trust that in view of the high standard of British journalism, of which we are so proud, there will be no further regrettable exceptions of this type.


While thanking my right hon. Friend for his answer, does he not think it somewhat ominous that this anti-French, pro-Nazi propaganda should appear in a technical journal which circulates among the Air Force and aeroplane clubs?


This article was not written by a man on the means test, was it?