HC Deb 03 December 1941 vol 376 cc1119-20
23. Mr. Hamilton Kerr

asked the Minister of Information whether he is satisfied with the quantity and type of in formation supplied by his Department in the United States of America?

Mr. Bracken

Since I cannot be sure that my own views are free from prejudice, perhaps I can best answer my hon. Friend by quoting the opinion of an impartial commentator. In a recent newspaper article, Mr. Raymond Gram Swing wrote: As to British propaganda in the United States, it has so far been kept to a right and low level, and if the level is raised it will en lighten few in this country. It will only ease the frustration of certain impatient individuals in Great Britain.

Mr. Kerr

Has my right hon. Friend received any representations from members of the T.U.C. recently returned from America?

Mr. Bracken

No, I have not received any. I saw that one of them was good enough to give his views to the Press and to say that he was going to send a communication to me, but it has not arrived yet.

Mr. Garro Jones

Is the right hon. Gentleman certain that the views of Mr. Raymond Gram Swing are not prejudiced? Does he base his decision on the views of Mr. Raymond Gram Swing or on his own judgment?

Mr. Bracken

In answer to that agree able question, I would point out that Mr. Raymond Gram Swing is one of the greatest publicity experts in the world; he lives in America; and, surely, he is a better judge of how our information ser vice works in America than I am. I am certainly not infallible.