Indian Legislative Assembly (Special Session, Broadcast)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 11th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the Minister of Information whether, in view of the importance of the forthcoming special session of the Indian Legislative Assembly, he will make arrangements to have a summary of the proceedings broadcast for the information of British listeners?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

I do not doubt that the B.B.C. will see that this Session is adequately covered as part of the news of the day.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

Will the Parliamentary Secretary see to it that the attention of the B.B.C. is called to the great importance of this Session which has been called by the Government of India?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

Obviously, the amount of time that the B.B.C. allots to this particular conference will depend upon what takes place.

Photo of Mr Stephen Davies Mr Stephen Davies , Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr

In view of the fact that it is ill-informed about the facts in India, would the hon. Gentleman advise the B.B.C. not to take such liberties with a question of this kind?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

I think that the hon. Member is mistaken in suggesting that the B.B.C. is ill-informed about India.