"Shipyard Spotlight"

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

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Photo of Captain Bertie Kirby Captain Bertie Kirby , Liverpool Everton

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty to whom the paper called "Shipyard Spotlight," for which his Department is responsible, is circulated and how often; and how many copies are circulated and who bears the cost of publication and circulation?

Mr. Alexander:

"Shipyard Spotlight" is circulated to all shipbuilding and ship-repairing firms desiring it (at present 431). The total number of copies printed is at the present time about 10,000. An appropriate allocation, depending upon the number of employees, is made to each firm concerned. The paper is published once a month and is sold for 1d. a copy. The cost of printing is borne on the Vote of His Majesty's Stationery Office and proceeds are off-set against this expenditure.

Photo of Captain Bertie Kirby Captain Bertie Kirby , Liverpool Everton

Has the Minister received any representations from trade unions or other representatives of the workers to the effect that the paper is uninteresting and does no good?

Mr. Alexander:

I have received no such representations but I should be happy to have any suggestions from those who think the paper can be improved in any way.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Has the right hon. Gentleman read it himself, and can he give his own opinion?