HC Deb 10 June 1942 vol 380 cc1049-50
36. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Information whether he will take steps to secure for intelligence, broadcasting and propaganda purposes the services of the 22 gentlemen, details of whose qualifications have been sent to him?

Mr. Bracken

My hon. Friend's list is being carefully considered with a view to the possibility of using those on it who are suitable and available. I notice that it includes the name of one member who has been on the Ministry staff for over a year and several others who work for the Ministry from time to time.

Sir W. Smithers

In view of this wealth of expert knowledge, will my right hon. Friend use these gentlemen to replace aliens in the B.B.C. and the Ministry of Information, and thus stop Geaman infiltration?

Mr. Bracken

I resent that suggestion very much. It is a great pity that this House should be used as a sounding board for this mean campaign against decent Germans who left their country because of their opposition to Hitler, and who can and are playing a most worthy part in the war effort.

Mr. Muff

Could not the hon. Member for Chislehurst (Sir W. Smithers) take-more than a minute for reflection?