Regional Committees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 8th May 1941.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Minister of Information whether he will reconsider the advisability of permitting his Regional committees to advise on and criticise the policy of his Department, with a view to increasing their usefulness?

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

Regional committees serving the Ministry of Information are not only permitted, but encouraged, to offer advice. No change of policy is required.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Is it not the case that the Regional advisory committees have unanimously recommended the Ministry of Information to abandon the system of a Member's veto on meetings? Is any notice to be taken of that advice?

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

It is one thing to offer advice and it is another to pass resolutions of disapproval against the Ministry of Information. The recommendations have been taken into consideration.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

But, as a result of that consideration, have they been negatived?