Mr. De la Bère:
asked the Minister of Information whether the Standing Conference of the Ministry of Information representatives and Departmental Public Relations and Press Officers, which was set up some time ago, is still functioning; how many times it has met; at what intervals; and what conclusions have been arrived at as a result of these meetings?
The Standing Conference of Public Relations Officers met six times between 8th July, 1941, and 12th August, 1941. It was then decided to suspend further meetings of the full body and to operate through sub-committees as required. Various sub-committees have since met to co-ordinate departmental policy on current publicity questions.
As my answer explains, the real work is being done by the subcommittees. If it is necessary for the full conference to be called again, it will be called; our only desire is the maximum efficiency.