HC Deb 22 April 1941 vol 371 cc21-2
44. Mr. Crowder

asked the Minister of Information whether, in view of the Government's policy that further definitions of war aims, other than those already made, must await the appropriate opportunity, he will reconsider his decision to support a scheme for ventilating peace aims and for arranging discussion at the British Broadcasting Corporation; and whether, since this organisation is often selected for broadcasting official views, he will refrain from giving approval to any such policy as specified since it may entail unfortunate reactions abroad?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information (Mr. Harold Nicolson)

In the speech to which the Question appears to refer, my right hon. Friend stated that he was personally not opposed to the discussion of peace aims by private individuals. No decision has been taken with regard to the question whether such discussion should be given publicity by the B.B.C.

Earl Winterton

Does my hon. Friend not think that at this moment the inevitable result of discussion by private individuals over the B.B.C. on this subject will be to cause a feeling in the minds of neutrals and the enemy that we are anxious to make peace?

Mr. Nicolson

I am aware that my right hon. Friend does not consider the present phase of the war very suitable for such a discussion.