HC Deb 08 November 1937 vol 328 cc1415-6
70. Mr. Roland Robinson

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the public exhibition by the British Paramount News of a news-reel containing an attack upon the Government's slum-clearing policy; and whether it is proposed to take any steps to counteract the effect of such propaganda?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend sees no reason for any special action, as my hon. Friend is doubtless aware there are many films widely exhibited which depict many of the extensive slum clearances which have recently been made.

Mr. Robinson

Is the hon. Member aware that the British cinema-going public is being subjected to anti-slum clearance propaganda which suggests that no proper alternative accommodation is provided for dispossessed tenants, and will he try to correct this impression at once?

Mr. Bernays

I think the most effective counter-propaganda is the success of the National Government's slum clearance programme.