HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1199-200
18. Mr. McEntee

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information what is the volume of propaganda sent abroad by his Department each week; to what countries it goes; whether it is sent at Empire Press rates; and what is the proportion of space on aeroplanes taken by the Government for these official compilations, as compared to that allotted to private newspaper correspondents?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information (Sir Edward Grigg)

The work of the Ministry in making the British case known throughout the world is of many different kinds, and varies so much from week to week both in form and substance that any attempt to estimate its volume is impossible. Our endeavour is to meet as fully as possible the requirements of our representatives abroad as telegraphed to us and of overseas newspaper representatives in this country. We are thus in touch with all countries except Germany. Postal despatches and telegrams are sent at the cheapest rate available in each case. Neither our own postal despatches nor those of newspaper correspondents are given specific allotments of space in aeroplanes. With the ready help of my right hon. Friend the Postmaster-General accommodation for both has been and is being steadily extended.

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