HC Deb 18 December 1941 vol 376 cc2067-8
40. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that, six days after Japan declared war, members of local information committees received by post Ministry of Information's weekly war commentary, entitled "Inside the News," stating that there are numerous signs that General Tojo's. administration are reluctant to embark on the gamble of a war; and will he consider whether it is necessary to continue the issue of this weekly commentary?

Mr. Thurtle

Yes, Sir. I must point out that the commentary in question was dated 4th December and contained quite a fair summary of the indications for and against war in the Pacific as at that date. It is obvious that it was out of date when distributed, and my right hon. Friend is looking into the whole question of its issue and distribution.

Mr. Morrison

What useful purpose is served by sending out thousands of these long letters—anonymous letters—every week to busy people when they contain a rehash of what they have already read in the newspapers? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that since this Question was put down No. 101 has been sent out, containing a statement which has since been directly contradicted by the President of the United States of America?

Mr. Thurtle

The point which the hon. Member has raised in his Supplementary Question is now being given very serious consideration by the Ministry.

Captain McEwen

To whom are these letters sent?