HC Deb 20 January 1949 vol 460 c51W
63. Mr. Platts-Mills

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the number of U.S. strip cartoons in British newspapers is increasing; what dollar expenditure has been approved to date and for which newspapers; and whether he is satisfied that such expenditure is in the national interest.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

I regret that separate statistics of the dollars spent on strip cartoons are not available. Opinions may differ about the merits of this form of art, but I am satisfied that the difficulties of discrimination between various sorts of publication are so great that it would not be in the national interest to impose a censorship for exchange control purposes.