HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 cc1950-1
20. Mr. Salt

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of journalists who are serving in the Navy; whether their experience and ability are being used to record events as official correspondents on active service and thereby present a more comprehensive picture to the public at home of the Navy's achievements in the war?

Mr. Alexander

Six journalists are employed by the Admiralty as official naval reporters, for the purpose my hon. Friend has in mind. In addition a number of newspaper correspondents are accredited to the Fleet in all parts of the world and are given facilities in His Majesty's ships and naval establishments whenever possible. I am unable to give the number of men serving in the Royal Navy who were journalists in civil life, but they, like other members of the Fleet, are at liberty to write to the Press provided that their contributions are first sent to the Admiralty for approval.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Minister, in order to ensure that there are reliable correspondents, make arrangements for a representative of the "Daily Worker" to be accredited?