Foreign Press Delegations

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 14th October 1942.

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Colonel Arthur Evans:

asked the Minister of Information why South Wales was not included in the itinerary of either the Turkish, Swedish, or Brazilian editorial delegation during their recent visit to this country, particularly in view of the economic interests which existed between these countries and the Principality before the war?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I am sorry that, having regard to the time available for visits outside London, it was not possible for us to arrange for the Turkish delegation to visit South Wales. The arrangements for the Swedish and Brazilian delegations are the responsibility of the British Council, and if my hon. and gallant Friend would put down a Question I am sure my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs would be glad to answer it.

Colonel Evans:

Does my right hon. Friend not consider that it would be advisable for the British Council, when organising these most important delegations, to consult the Government Departments chiefly concerned?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

Far be it from me to advise the British Council, which was carefully separated from the Ministry of Information so that the pitch of my Department should not stain its blameless record.