German Propaganda.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 3rd April 1940.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Samuel Mr Marcus Samuel , Wandsworth Putney

asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been drawn to broadcasts emanating from what describes itself as the new British broadcasting station, purporting to operate from Great Britain and concluding all its programmes with the playing of the British National Anthem; and as that station is, in fact, part of the German propaganda machine and situated in German territory, and propaganda of this character is likely, because of its purported British origin, to create confusion in this country which it is desirable to avoid by answering or otherwise dealing with this new Nazi device, what steps it is proposed to take for this purpose?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Peebles (Captain Ramsay) on 20th March. This station is monitored and its propaganda, with that of other German broadcasts, is dealt with.

Photo of Mr Marcus Samuel Mr Marcus Samuel , Wandsworth Putney

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that this station purports to be used by British Socialists, and will he have copies of the broadcasts placed in the Library of the House so that hon. Members opposite may see how Germans use their propaganda for purposes which can only be of use or value to the Germans?

Mr. J. J. Davidson:

Is the Minister aware that the right hon. Gentleman the First Lord of the Admiralty is the most quoted person in the German broadcasts?

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Is it not the case that reports of these broadcasts are already regularly placed in the Library?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Can the Minister tell me whether these broadcasts can be reached on ordinary machines, and is he aware that when I tried to get this station last Sunday night, I found that my wavelengths were not low enough?

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Minister of Information whether he is now satisfied that vigorous action is in process to counteract the highly organised schemes of propaganda maintained in Belgium and Holland by the agencies of the German Government?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

Yes, Sir; increasingly vigorous action is being taken, and we believe it will be increasingly effective.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Is my right hon. Friend really taking steps to see that nothing is given away from this country to the enemy?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

I am really doing my best.

Photo of Mr Pierse Loftus Mr Pierse Loftus , Lowestoft

Is my right hon. Friend considering counteracting the German propaganda in France?

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the Minister aware that that propaganda is making no impression?