Government Departments (Advertisements)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons on 10th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what Government Departments, or subsidiary bodies receiving Treasury allocations, place their advertisements in newspapers through advertising agents; and why this service is not entrusted to the Ministry of Information in accordance with the general practice relating to official an-nouncements made by public advertisement?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

Advertisements on behalf of all Government Departments, including Official announcements made by public advertisement, are placed in the newspapers through the medium of advertising agents. I assume that the hon. Member has in mind the extent to which the Ministry of Information acts as the central agency for placing advertisements with advertising agents. The only exceptions to that arrangement are the Ministry of Food and the National Savings Committee which, for practical reasons connected with their special campaigns, place their advertisements direct. The Ministry of Information is, however, responsible for co-ordinating the requirements of all Government Departments for advertising space.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

In view of the fact that the "Daily Worker" has now reappeared, will the Treasury give that paper some advertising?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give any idea how much it has cost the country in the way of commission?