HC Deb 12 February 1951 vol 484 cc26-7
47. Mr. Ian Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps be is taking to give the people of the United States of America a full account of the British contribution to world security through the United Nations.

Mr. Ernest Davies

The British Information Services have for many months now been engaged in bringing to the knowledge of the American people the facts of our whole-hearted co-operation in upholding the principles of the United Nations in Korea and elsewhere. As a result of these efforts the contribution which this country is making to the common cause throughout the world is, I have reason to believe, gradually becoming better understood.

Mr. Ian Harvey

Does the Under-Secretary realise that, nevertheless, there is a considerable impression in the United States of America that our total contribution is confined to what is being sent to Korea? In those circumstances, will he make greater efforts to encourage American journalists in this country to put the true facts to the American people?

Mr. Davies

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that our contribution in Malaya, for instance, is known in the United States, and that through our information officers, and otherwise, we are doing everything possible to bring to the knowledge of the American people our great contribution at this time.

Mr. Somerset de Chair

Would not a useful contribution be made if there were more solidarity on the benches opposite in support of the, decisions the Government have taken?