HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 cc206-7
82. Sir Percy Hurd

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information what steps were taken to contradict the account emanating from the German propaganda agency of the crippling of the British fleet by German action, which appeared in Danish and other foreign journals on 16th October; and what means are used to keep journalists in neutral countries promptly informed about developments in the British war effort?

Sir E. Grigg

Authoritative information, including specific refutations of false statements emanating from German sources, is telegraphed daily to the Press attaches to His Majesty's Missions abroad for communication to the local Press. Further, where important misstatements appear in newspapers of neutral countries, the attention of the London correspondents of these papers is drawn to them. If the hon. Member has in mind an article which appeared in the Danish newspaper "Berlingske Tidende" on 15th October, he will no doubt have seen the explanation by the editor of that paper published in the "Times" of 1st November.

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