§ 2. Mr. Chapman
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what specialist staff has been added to his Department, 3 or is contemplated, to assist in his duties of publicising the Government's home policy.
§ 5 and 6. Sir L. Plummer
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many civil servants are engaged for a substantial part of their time in assisting him with the co-ordination of Government information services;
(2) how many members of his staff have experience of publicity or public relations work.
§ 8 and 10. Mr. Benn
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will give a list of the principal officers of his staff appointed for assisting him in his responsibilities for co-ordinating information services, together with details of their previous public relations experience;
(2) if he wit give details of the establishment of the public relations section attached to his Department.
§ 15. Mr. Anthony Greenwood
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many professional journalists are at present employed in his Department.
§ 18 Mr. G. Jeger
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many of his staff have experience of information work in Colonial Territories;
(2) how many members of his staff have had experience of broadcasting or journalistic work in Asia;
(3) how many members of his staff have experience of propaganda work in the Middle East.
§ 24. Mr. George Craddock
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff of all grades are employed in his Department: and how many of them are solely engaged in the coordination of Government information services.
§ 26 and 27. Mr. Ness Edwards
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what plans he has for increasing the establishment of his Department;
(2) how many civil servants with experience either of co-ordination or information have been transferred to his Department from other Ministries; and if he will give details of the present ranks and functions of such officials.
§ 29. Mr. Lipton
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what staff is employed under his supervision and control for the purpose of co-ordinating Government information services.
§ 36. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of his staff have experience of propaganda in Yugoslavia.
§ The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Dr. Charles Hill)
The responsibility for providing news and information about Departmental policy and administration remains with the Departmental Ministers concerned. It is my function to assist them in discharging that responsibility. For this purpose I need only a small central staff of persons who have general experience of Press and public relations work but are not necessarily specialists in Departmental subjects. My principal assistants will be the Prime Minister's Adviser on Public Relations and his Deputy; time will show whether additions to this staff are required.
§ Mr. Chapman
Will the Chancellor—whose duties my hon. Friends and I thoroughly approve—give an assurance that there will be no attempt to have more than a very small nucleus of staff making contacts on the home front with newspapers, and so on, about the Government's home policy?
§ Mr. Hughes
As the Minister is regarded as an authority on Yugoslavia since his famous broadcast referring to my right hon. Friend the Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan) as "the Tito of Tonypandy," can we take it that he himself will be putting over the British case to Yugoslavia?
§ Mr. Greenwood
Can the right hon. Gentleman say to what extent he accepts responsibility for the activities of Mr. Evans and how far Questions can be put down to him and how far to the Prime Minister?
§ Mr. S. Silverman
In so far as the North Lewisham by-election has any bearing on the question of public relations, was not the real trouble not that the Government's policy was not fully known and understood but that it was?