HC Deb 19 June 1939 vol 348 cc1823-4W
Mr. Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for War for what reasons he has appointed an Army officer to take charge of Press publicity for the Army in Scotland, while in four English districts he has appointed trained journalists to perform the duties of Press publicity; and whether this officer is being paid a public relations officer's salary of £600 in addition to his Army emoluments?

Sir V. Warrender

Condidature for the appointment of Public Relations Officers to the various commands was not confined to trained journalists, the object being to secure, in the case of each command, the person whose qualifications and experience were best suited to the particular post. Appointments were made on the recommendations of selection boards, and, in the case of the Scottish Command, 15 candidates were interviewed. The officer appointed to that command is a retired officer who is in receipt of retired pay in addition to his salary as Public Relations Officer.