Swiss Journalists' Cancelled Visit

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Touche Mr Gordon Touche , Reigate

asked the Minister of Information whether he is still expecting the arrival of a delegation of Swiss journalists as guests of His Majesty's Government; and, if not, why this visit has been cancelled?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

No, Sir. This visit has been cancelled. At the last moment it was learned that the Vichy authorities, acting no doubt on pressure from Germany, had withdrawn their visas. The party included some journalists who had visited Germany recently and I can only conclude that, in the eyes of Dr. Goebbels, a visit to England would have yielded material for comparison that would have been anything but welcome in Germany. We greatly regret losing this opportunity of welcoming to this country these distinguished journalists from one of the oldest democracies.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Are steps being taken to contact the Swiss Government with a view to these journalists coming here subsequently?