HC Deb 09 July 1941 vol 373 cc161-2
33. Mr. Silverman

asked the Minister of Information by whose authority there is omitted from the National Anthems of allied and associated Powers, the playing of which precedes the nine o'clock news each Sunday, the National Anthem of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?

Mr. Cooper

Only the National Anthems of those nations which are actually allied to Great Britain are played at present.

Mr. Silverman

Would the right hon. Gentleman, in view of the heroic assistance Russia is now affording to the common cause, explain to the House what further the Russian people may be expected to do before they become entitled to the same courtesies as, shall we say, Czechoslovakia?

Mr. Cooper

I explained in the answer to the Question that it is the rule which hitherto has been observed that only those National Anthems should be played of the countries which are actually allied by treaty.

Mr. Silverman

Would not the right hon. Gentleman consider the abolition of so absurd a rule?

Dr. Summerskill

Would the Minister define the term "Allies"?

Sir A. Knox

Is it possible for the Government to make a free issue of vodka to all teetotallers and see that they drink it?

Mr. Gallacher

Could not the Minister arrange to have the National Anthem of the Soviet Union sung or played in this House?

Mr. Silverman

In view of the totally unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.