HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1194-5
8. Mr. David Adams

asked the PrimeMinister whether, and in what form, the results of the digest of the foreign Press to be undertaken by the Royal Institute of International Affairs will be made available to Members of this House; and whether this digest is now covering the whole of the ground formerly covered by the Military Intelligence Directorate of the War Office, or if technical, medical and other supplements are now being adequately done in other ways?

Mr. Butler

The points raised by the hon. Member are receiving attention, in the light of certain considerations which would be raised by a decision to make the work of the Royal Institute of International Affairs available as suggested.

Mr. Adams

When does the right hon. Gentleman anticipate that these digests will be made available to Members of the House?

Mr. Butler

I said that the question whether they should be made available is receiving consideration, but I am anxious to help the hon. Member if I can.

Miss Wilkinson

Is the work being paid for out of Government funds, or is the Royal Institute paying for it?

Mr. Butler

The Royal Institute is making a contribution of its own, and so is the University of Oxford. The remainder is being made up out of national funds.

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