HC Deb 15 December 1943 vol 395 c1547
62. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Information whether he will arrange for copies of State papers likely to be of wide interest to be sent to camps, barracks and His Majesty's ships as they are issued; that they be informed that they can be supplied with Hansard on request; and will he see that the Forces are supplied with the views of the organised workpeople at least once a week and explanations made of workpeople's efforts and actions?

Mr. Thurtle

I would point out to my hon. Friend that this is a matter which concerns the Service Departments rather than the Ministry of Information.

Mr. Smith

Is it not the duty of the Ministry of Information to provide information, and if so, will my hon. Friend consult the representatives of the various Armed Forces with a view to carrying out the suggestions contained in the Question?

Mr. Thurtle

It is the duty of the various Service Departments to cater for the mental as well as the physical well-being of the officers and men under their control. We would be very glad to co-operate with Service Departments in this matter.