asked the Minister of Production (1) whether, as the post of Adviser on Industrial Publicity in his Department has been vacant for some time, he will consider the advisability of abolishing it as unnecessary, together with that of deputy, thus freeing the latter officer for service under the National Service (Armed Forces) Acts;
(2) how the post of Deputy Director of Industrial Publicity in his Department was filled; and how many applicants were considered for the position?
I hope shortly to fill the post of Adviser on Industrial Publicity, which I regard as one of considerable importance. Mr. John Rodgers, the officer who now holds the post of Deputy Adviser, was transferred to my Department from the Department of Overseas Trade, after consultation with my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Information. No other applicants were considered.
I do not agree at all that this is a publicity racket. This gentleman is performing useful services for the country and is editor of the production section of the bulletin issued by my right hon. Friend and myself every month.