HC Deb 09 October 1946 vol 427 cc187-8
46. Major Beamish

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what British-edited German language newspapers are being printed in Germany; what is the circulation of each in the four zones, shown separately; and what plans there are for increasing the circulation.

Mr. J. Hynd

One British-edited German language newspaper, "Die Welt," is printed in Germany. It circulates only in the British zone and the British sector of Berlin. Its circulation was yesterday increased to 500,000, and it is now being published three times a week.

Major Beamish

Is the right. hon. Gentleman aware that the efforts of British publicity and propaganda throughout Germany for the purpose of explaining the British point of view to the man in the street are thoroughly inadequate, and will he undertake to overhaul and improve the whole machinery?

Mr. Hynd

I presume that the hon. and gallant Member's supplementary question refers to the original question, namely, the Press? Our purpose is to increase the publication of "Die Welt," which is much appreciated in Germany, up to 1,000,000 copies as soon as possible, but the restrictions on such publicity are very severe at the moment due to the shortages of paper supplies, paper pulp and raw materials.