HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 c1015
50. Sir Arnold Wilson

asked the Postmaster-General how many stamp booklets have been issued, or prepared for issue, containing an advertisement of a proprietary medicine which promises immediate results to sufferers from rheumatism, backache, painful joints, and affections of the kidney, bladder, and prostate gland; on what date the existing contract for this advertisement will terminate; and whether his Department has sought any expert advice as to whether or not it is in conformity with the restrictions proposed by the Select Committee of 1912?

Major Tryon

The answer to the first point is 10,500,000; to the second, that there is no standing contract; and to the third, in the negative. Advertisements which specifically purport to cure any of the diseases mentioned in paragraph 58 (2) of the Select Committee's report are rejected. As the Assistant Postmaster-General stated in answer to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for St. Albans (Sir F. Fremantle) on 28th June, I am looking further into the policy of the Post Office in this matter.

Sir A. Wilson

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend canvass the Government Departments and the marketing boards with a view to pointing out to them the great opportunities that are offered to them by the space in these booklets?

Major Tryon

The answer is that the -whole matter is being considered.

Mr. Edmund Harvey

Will the Postmaster-General consult the Minister of Health on the nature of these advertisements?

Viscountess Aston

If it is not permissible to advertise a cure for cancer, why is it permissible to advertise a cure for all these complaints?