HC Deb 07 July 1943 vol 390 cc2084-5
38. Commander Bower

asked the Minister of Information by whom, and on what grounds, the successor to the hon. and gallant Member for Watford (Group Captain Helmore) as three-weekly broadcaster of the Royal Air Force commentary was selected?

Mr. Thurtle

The selection of persons to give the war commentary on air affairs is primarily a matter for the B.B.C., who consult the Air Ministry in the ordinary course and obtain their consent in the case of a serving officer.

Commander Bower

Is it not a fact that this officer does not wear wings, and is he not singularly ill-qualified to express the views, thoughts and opinions of the R.A.F.; and is it not a fact that his selection is causing a good deal of comment among pilots, particularly in view of his past record?

Mr. Thurtle

I am not aware of any such dissatisfaction or any such comment. I can only assume that the B.B.C. selected this officer for this purpose because they thought he was suitable.

Mr. W. Brown

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these broadcasts are in fact of a very high order and are listened to with great appreciation?