Railway Advertisements.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he is aware that a British railways' advertisement is appearing in the daily Press which reads "When trains are late often the cause is this, the work of the Hun," and there also appears a picture of a railway bridge wrecked by enemy action, and another picture showing the resultant dislocation of our train service; and, as such propaganda is harmful as well as being a waste of railway funds, will he take steps to prevent this sort of advertisement showing the effectiveness of German bombing?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

This series of railway advertisements has proved useful in helping the public to realise that there may be reasons outside the control of the railways for the late running of trains. The pictures do not convey any useful information to the enemy, and I see no reason to intervene in the direction suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend.

Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone

Has the right hon. and gallant Gentleman consulted anyone else but officials about this question, and is he aware of the fact that a large number of ordinary people do not hold the same view?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

Yes, Sir, I have consulted my own common sense.