HC Deb 19 July 1944 vol 402 cc185-6
40. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Information if, arising out of the United Nations Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which is considering how much each country shall subscribe to the £2,000,000,000 fund, he will arrange, through the B.B.C. Listener Research Department, a questionnaire which would enable him to gauge public opinion on these matters.

The Minister of Information (Mr. Brendan Bracken)

No, Sir; no questionnaire on such a subject would yield results of any value. The purpose of the B.B.C. Listener Research Department is to study the reaction of the public to the B.B.C.'s programmes.

Mr. De la Bère

Is it not a pity to make such a mystery out of this Conference? Might we not know who nominated the delegates, in view of the vast importance of the subject to the majority of the people of this country? Why should there be this mystery?

Mr. Bracken

If my hon. Friend would speak to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he would solve the mystery which is worrying him.

Mr. De la Bère

Is my right hon. Friend inviting me to go and see the Chancellor of the Exchequer?