HC Deb 29 November 1938 vol 342 c239
46. Mr. Arthur Henderson

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the need for straight British news, by reason of the intensive anti-British propaganda now being carried on by certain other countries, His Majesty's Government will consider the desirability of establishing a special Press and propaganda department?

The Prime Minister

His Majesty's Government attach great importance to the maintenance of the well-recognised tradition of objectivity and independence in the provision of news by British agencies; and they would deprecate any action that might be interpreted as an effort to introduce official control.

Mr. Henderson

Is it not possible to avoid carrying on a propaganda against any other country and at the same time, in view of the facts of the present international situation, to realise that it is essential to-day for British publicity to be organised on a much more extensive scale than in the past?

The Prime Minister

The measures we are now taking will fulfil this object.

Mr. Kirkwood

Does not the Prime Minister think it very bad propaganda for his country that our shipbuilders should go to Holland for their ships?