Leaflet, "The Spiritual Issues of the War"

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 7th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Minister of Information how many copies are distributed weekly of the periodical "The Spiritual Issues of the War"; how many of these are distributed at home and how many overseas; whether he is aware that the issue dated 1st October devoted one of its four pages to a report of the Arch bishops' Albert Hall meeting, which had already been fully reported throughout the free world by press and radio; and whether he will take steps to improve the selection and presentation of the items in this periodical?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

This leaflet consists of four small pages; 6,410 copies are distributed weekly in the British Isles and 4,630 are sent overseas. It is, I am told, a small but acceptable index of the activities of the Protestant Churches. Perhaps the best way of dealing with my hon. Friend's suggestions as to how it can be improved is to repeat Dr. Johnson's saying: That what is obvious is not always known and what is known is not always present.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of those who receive this periodical regard it as so unreadable and undynamic as to be an almost complete waste of paper?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

They can always return it to the many other persons who desire to read it.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

If it is a Government publication, is there any reason why it should be used to propagate the views of the Archbishop of Canterbury?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

Any paper that attempts to be an index of current religious speeches or sermons must of necessity include speeches made by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Photo of Mr Austin Hopkinson Mr Austin Hopkinson , Mossley

What had the speech of the Archbishop of Canterbury to do with spiritual issues?