HC Deb 10 March 1943 vol 387 cc646-7
27. Mr. Stokes

asked the Minister of Information what instructions were sent by or through his Department to the Press in this country and to the war correspondents in North Africa suggesting that the performance of the A 22 tanks in the recent operations had been satisfactory?

Mr. Bracken

None, Sir.

Mr. Stokes

Is it pure coincidence that immediately following the Army Debate there was an absolute spate of reference to this matter all over the Press?

Mr. Bracken

That was entirely due to the brilliant speech made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War.

Mr. Granville

Is it not a fact that the right hon. Gentleman on these matters has as much power as Dr. Goebbels has in Germany?

Mr. Bracken

It certainly is not a fact; and it never will be.