HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 c1506
12. Commander Bower

asked the Secretary of State for Air the appointment held by Squadron-Leader Hector Bolitho, who recently broadcast in the United States of America over the Columbia system; whether this officer received leave of absence to visit the United States of America; and for what purpose?

Captain Balfour

This officer is employed on editorial work in the department of the Air Member for Personnel at the Air Ministry. The broadcast in question was not concerned with Service subjects. It was delivered from London on the invitation of an American broadcasting company. The second and third parts of the Question do not therefore arise.

Commander Bower

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend consult with the Minister of Information to try and stop activities of this sort, which can do nothing but harm both in this country and in America?

Captain Balfour

My hon. Friend has a Question down a little later to the Minister of Information on this particular subject, and no doubt that will provide him with an opportunity.