HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 cc194-5W
Mr. Peter Thorneycroft

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs under what authority the British Information Services in the United States provided an article by Dr. F. Kessler in support of the British Labour Government's policy for nationalising inland transport to the American magazine "Mass Transportation"; whether Dr. Kessler was paid for this article by the British Information Services; and what is the policy of His Majesty's Government with regard to the employment of a public service for the dissemination of political propaganda of this type.

Mr. Mayhew

The article by Dr. F. Kessler to which the hon. Member refers was produced by the Central Office of Information primarily for Switzerland and India. As a careful factual survey it was considered by the British Information Services to be suitable for use in the United States. British Information Services paid no fee to Dr. Kessler. It is part of the duty of British Information Services to supply material calculated to inform opinion in the United States of America on measures approved by Parliament.