HC Deb 01 December 1948 vol 458 c173W
9. Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the difficulty of obtaining British newspapers in Rome and other Italian cities, if he is satisfied that the British point of view is sufficiently represented there; and what steps he proposes to take.

Mr. Mayhew

Although there have been difficulties in the distribution of British newspapers since the official organisation of supplies ceased at the end of last year, my right hon. Friend is satisfied that the British point of view is adequately represented. In addition to commercial sales the Information Services make a free distribution daily of 343 copies of British newspapers (and 98 Sunday journals at weekends) from nine Italian centres. They also maintain throughout Italy libraries at which the British Press is on view; they put out bulletins; there are frequent Press conferences; and large audiences see British documentary films. In addition, the B.B.C. broadcast in Italian four times daily, aggregating 1¾hours.

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