The Ministry have had their share of the misfortunes of war in their publicity activities in Russia. The ship carrying the newly-appointed Press Attache and his staff was torpedoed and, though they were happily saved, the large consignment of books and other printed publicity which they took with them was all lost. Since their arrival a month ago they have reached agreement with the Soviet authorities, on various new measures. These include the publication of an illustrated weekly in Russian and the establishment of a British library in Moscow. A steadily increasing number of British films is being regularly despatched. My hon. and gallant Friend will appre- ciate that our activities are hampered by the long and difficult journey-between this country and Russia. However, the despatch by wireless of Press matter about the British war effort has been steadily increasing and has now reached an average rate of nearly 20,000 words a day.
I do not think so. The Ambassador is very publicity-minded. He is working against very difficult conditions at the present time. Both the Ambassador and the Press Attache, I am certain, are doing all in their power to increase knowledge of English ways of life in Russia.
Are there any facilities for printing British propaganda in Russia in the same way that there are ample facilities for printing Russian propaganda and information about their war effort in Britain?
I thought I had dealt with that in the answer which I gave the hon. and gallant Gentleman. There are facilities in Russia, but I do not think they are the same facilities as exist in England.
Has my right hon. Friend considered radio, and has he given consideration to the suggestions I made in my two speeches on this subject on 3rd July last year and 17th February this year, namely, that transmissions on the short wave in English from Russia should be broadcast on the medium wave band in this country, and vice versa, so that the great masses of listeners could receive them instead of limiting this to the very privileged few who possess short-wave receivers?