Army Absentee (Employment).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 3rd June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Reginald Blair Sir Reginald Blair , Hendon

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that a certain man, aged 24, whose full name has been communicated privately by the hon. Member for Hendon, was found to be an absentee from the Army by the Wealdstone bench of justices; that this man has been recently employed by the Ministry on film propaganda work and also by the British Broadcasting Corporation as a broadcaster; whether he is still employed; and if such employment began before or after his name had been removed from the register of conscientious objectors by the tribunal?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

This gentleman has never been employed by the Ministry of Information. I understand that more than a year ago he worked as an actor for a company engaged in the production of one of the many films in which the Ministry was interested. I am told that the B.B.C. has used him in a number of dramatic feature programmes.

Photo of Sir Reginald Blair Sir Reginald Blair , Hendon

Has he been working for the B.B.C.?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I have already told the hon. Member that he has worked as an actor in some of these dramatic programmes. I would point out that the B.B.C. employs something like 3,000 people per week who go to the radio.