asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been drawn to a recently released short film by his Department entitled "Germany Calling"; for what purpose this cleverly cut picture was intended to ridicule the German army; and whether he will stop propaganda tending to underrate the enemy's strength?
Yes, Sir. This short film which occupied two and a half minutes in showing was an effective squib at the expense of Hitler, and I do not think that it was out of place. I am most firmly opposed to any propaganda which is intended to under-rate the enemy's strength: but I feel that it would be a mistake to exclude ridicule altogether from the weapons of propaganda.
I have seen the film. The hon. Member must remember that this little film ridicules Hitler and makes him a figure of fun. I think that the British troops who have seen it enjoyed it thoroughly. It has been sent to Moscow, and I am told they are absolutely delighted with it.