Publication "noteworthy."

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 10th April 1940.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Minister of Information whether he will state the present circulation of the publication called "Noteworthy," to whom it is issued, its object, and the estimated annual cost?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

The circulation of "Noteworthy," originally 3,500 copies per week, is now 24,000, the increase being due to demand. It is sent to officials and members of political organisations and of voluntary societies. Its object is to provide information on the national war effort supplementary to ordinary news. On the present circulation, the annual cost of printing and despatch amounts to £2,373 and of postage to £6,175.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Could the right hon. Gentleman say who writes the publication, whether it is not the fact that "Speakers' Notes" are also issued and whether they do not to a very large extent cover the same ground?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

They cover the same ground to some extent but they have entirely different circulations. Although to some extent the same people may be occupied in compiling the two different publications, they are, I think, more engaged on one or the other separately.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Could my right hon. Friend say what political organisations receive this publication?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

All sorts of political organisations.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Would it be possible for this publication to come to all Members of the House of Commons?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

If the hon. Member would like to have it I should be delighted to provide him with it.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

I should like to see one copy first.