HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 cc1788-9
10. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the British representative at the recent United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information sought to delete from the Conference's recommendations a U.S. proposal to disapprove of all monopolies on informative media, but particularly those of a governmental nature.

Mr. Bevin

The speech of the British Representative at the United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information was misreported in the United Nations Information Press. When moving the amendment to the United States resolution on the principles of freedom of information he stated that the form nationalisation took in Britain was public monopoly, not governmental, and that since the B.B.C. was a public corporation and a monopoly it would be contrary to the resolution proposed by the United States Delegation.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Does the unfortunate misreporting, to which the Foreign Secretary has referred, also include the report in "The Times" of the statement of the British Government's representative, the hon. Member for Enfield (Mr. Ernest Davies), who said that the development of Socialism in Britain would inevitably lead to the establishment of further monopolies?

Mr. Bevin

I think that is a very accurate statement.