HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 c2307
63. Mr. Baker White

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that on the occasion of a recent visit by the Minister of Supply to the North Midlands the Central Office of Information issued to editors an invitation stating that their representatives should arrive not later than 5.15 p.m. and be prepared to produce their National Union of Journalists membership cards, thus discriminating against the Institute of Journalists, to which many journalists belong; and if he will give instructions to the Central Office of Information to desist forthwith from operating a closed shop principle in favour of one trade union.

Mr. Jay

Yes, Sir. An apology and a written assurance to that effect were given to the Institute of Journalists on 16th January.

Mr. Baker White

Would it not be a good thing for the Central Office of Information to employ as a Press Officer someone who knows the set-up of the Press?

Mr. Jay

This was a mistake, made I think by a newly-recruited officer, and as soon as the matter was brought to my attention, I took steps to see that it would not happen again.

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