HC Deb 04 May 1943 vol 389 c5
10. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that a document entitled "Coal in 1943," published by the Labour Research Department, has been circulated by his Midland Regional Controller; and whether this action has his approval?

Major Lloyd George

Yes, Sir. I am aware of this action, which was taken without my knowledge or approval.

Mr. Simmonds

Would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman agree that it is highly improper for any member of his Department to circulate party political pamphlets, whether they come from the Right or the Left, and in view of the fact that this is not the first grave indiscretion of this officer, would he consider whether he could be more usefully employed elsewhere?

Major Lloyd George

No, Sir, I have nothing to add to my answer. I said it was done without my knowledge or approval.

Mr. Shinwell

In order to remove any misunderstanding, does the Minister appreciate that this document was not published by the Labour Party?