British Embassy, Moscow (Press Attache).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 18th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Minister of Information, whether it is proposed to appoint a Press Attaché to the Embassy at Moscow; and whether he will take steps to see that anyone holding such a post has a knowledge of the Russian language as well as experience of journalism.

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

Yes, Sir, a Press Attaché has been appointed to the Embassy who has a knowledge of the Russian language. His staff combine journalistic and broadcasting qualifications with knowledge of the language.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Will my right hon. Friend give the name of the officer?

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Do I understand that he speaks Russian well and has had a thorough journalistic experience?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

He has a good basic knowledge of Russian and was for two years in charge of the European service of the B.B.C. He is accompanied by a journalist who speaks Russian.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

My right hon. Friend has not answered the point. Does Mr. Lawrence speak Russian himself and understand it?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I have said that he has a working knowledge of Russian. He worked at it for two years. I have searched the whole country to find somebody with suitable qualifications for this important post, and I can assure my hon. Friend that this gentleman will fulfil quite adequately the duties put upon him.