HC Deb 02 April 1940 vol 359 cc22-3
40. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that many newspapers, particularly the London evening papers, seek to obtain sales by inserting the word "official" after their posters and headings, without any authority; and whether steps will be taken to limit such use of the word "official," to properly authorised statements by Government Departments?

The Minister of Information (Sir John Reith)

No, Sir, I have not myself observed the use of the word "official" when in fact no official statement is referred to, and I cannot think there are many cases of the sort. If the hon. Member cares to provide an instance I will look into it.