§ Brigadier-General Sir OWEN THOMAS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the list issued by the National War Savings Committee to their official advertising agents does not include the names of any Welsh newspapers; and, having regard to the fact that some two dozen newspapers are printed in the Welsh language and circulated exclusively among the working-class population of the Principality who do not read the English papers, he will immediately issue the necessary instructions to have the Victory Loan advertisements translated into Welsh and inserted in the Welsh papers, so that the. inhabitants f the Principality may have an equal opportunity with their English fellow subjects of becoming familiar with the requirements of the State and with the conditions and advantages of the Loan?1405W
The list issued by the National War Savings Committee of their official advertising agents does include the names of Welsh newspapers, and advertisements have been given to newspapers printed in the Welsh language. I understand that these advertisements appear in English because only local appeals are printed in Welsh.
§ Sir O. THOMAS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he gave an assurance to the secretary of the Newspapers Society that the provincial weekly newspapers would, in. view of the fact that they have many readers who do not subscribe to any daily papers, get their share of official advertisements of the Victory Loan; and whether such assurance is being carried out?
Yes, Sir. I saw Mr. Bird, secretary of the Newspapers Society, at the Treasury, and invited the co-operation of his society. I told him that the provincial weekly newspapers would receive their share of official advertisements of the Victory Loan. I am informed that since the campaign started they have received their full share, and that the amount issued to them probably exceeds what they received in past National Loans. I take the opportunity of expressing my thanks to the Press generally for the support which they are giving to the Victory Loan campaign.