War CommuniquÉS.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Commander William King-Hall Commander William King-Hall , Ormskirk

asked the Minister of Information whether he will consult with the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Secretaries of State for Air and War with a view to making arrangements whereby once or twice a day there shall be issued a brief comprehensive British war communiqué embodying the official news from all fronts, land, sea and air, thereby ensuring equal publicity for all three services?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I am obliged by my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion, and I shall gladly discuss it with the Service Ministers.

Photo of Commander William King-Hall Commander William King-Hall , Ormskirk

Will my right hon. Friend regard it as a matter of urgency in order to put a stop as soon as possible to the unregulated competition of publicity which has been going on between the Service Departments, a competition in which the Admiralty and the War Office have so often been left badly in the rear?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I will certainly start these conversations as soon as possible, and I shall be helped, I suppose, in conducting them by the statement just made by my hon. and gallant Friend.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Does not the Admiralty stand for the old idea that the Navy is a silent Service?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I should think that that is probably true.