HC Deb 29 May 1940 vol 361 c528
17. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Information why Sir Nevile Henderson's recent book was serialised in the Yugoslav Press through the instrumentality of the British Press Attaché at Belgrade; and whether he is aware that some of the passages selected have been greatly resented and were looked upon for a time as German propaganda?

The Minister of Information (Mr. Duff Cooper)

The book was serialised in one Jugoslav newspaper not through the instrumentality of the British Press Attaché, but through a British news agency. The selection of the extracts published was made by the newspaper. Reports from Belgrade do not confirm that certain passages were greatly resented. But in any event a book must be considered as a whole and I am satisfied that Sir Nevile Henderson's book, far from being looked on as German propaganda, demonstrates the responsibility of Germany for the outbreak of war.

Mr. Lyons

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider putting this book into circulation in working men's institutes and public libraries in large quantities?

Mr. Cooper

Yes, Sir.