HC Deb 10 November 1943 vol 393 c1125
20. Mr. Burke

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has now received a report on the lecture given at Blackpool on 6th October by Rosita Forbes; and what action has been taken in the matter?

Sir A. Sinclair

No transcript of the lecture is available, but my information is that the lecture was well received by the audience and was not interpreted by them as being critical of our Russian Allies. The lecturer submitted to questions, none of which raised any point of criticism of the lecture. I know that my hon. Friend's purpose in asking this Question is to ensure that the opportunity of lecturing to airmen and airwomen is not abused. I share his feelings and I have taken steps to impress on lecturers and all concerned the importance of promoting mutual confidence in any reference made to our Allies.

Mr. Burke

Can the Secretary of State say from how many different sources he had complaints about this lecture?

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir, from one source, and that was from a gentleman who signed a name and gave an address, but when inquiries were made at the address it was found to have nothing whatever to do with him.

Mr. Shinwell

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have received a communication signed by 15 men who were present at the lecture?

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir, I was not aware of that.