HC Deb 14 February 1940 vol 357 cc737-8
13. Mr. Gledhill

asked the Minister of Information whether the regional officers of his Department are still in existence; and, if so, what are their exact functions?

Sir J. Reith

Yes, Sir. The regional information officers work in close association with the Regional Defence Commissioners, and in co-operation with the local Press, voluntary societies and such committees as may be desirable. One of their duties was and is to help to promote locally an understanding of the national war effort and to reflect the state of public opinion in their region. I have recently conferred with the regional officers and the matter of further regional activity is under consideration.

Mr. Gledhill

Why was it necessary to utilise the services of these officers recently in regard to certain branches of the Navy?

Sir J. Reith

I have not heard of that, but I will inquire, if my hon. Friend will give some further information on the point.

Mr. Mander

How many of these regional officers are there at the present time?

Sir J. Reith

The same number as there are regional defence areas, 11.