Meetings Campaign (Notification).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 26th June 1940.

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Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that regional information officers, when desiring to notify Members of Parliament that a meetings campaign was proposed, wrote first to Members at their private addresses and then sent a copy of the same letter to Members at the House of Commons; and will he take prompt action to stop similar wasteful practices on the part of his Department?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

My right hon. Friend had received complaints from some hon. Members to the effect that they had not been notified in time that regional meetings were to be held in their constituencies. He regarded these complaints as reasonable, and steps were taken to ensure that such notifications should not miscarry. In view, however, of the urgent need of economy, he has given instructions that only one such notification should be sent out in future.