Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments – in the House of Commons on 20th April 1944.
asked the Prime Minister whether the rule preventing Ministers of Cabinet rank from taking part in journalism still applies to the present Government.
Will the Prime Minister consider objectively whether the general rules applicable to journalism are equally applicable to Lord Beaverbrook, who, through his ownership of newspapers, directs the writings of others and causes them, in relation, for example, to the Cooperative movement and to other organisations, to pour out a steady stream of serious misrepresentation?
The proprietorship of newspapers has never been held to be journalism in the ordinary sense. Speaking as a journalist, I agree.
Mr. De la Bère:
Is it not a fact that what the "Daily Express" has said about the co-operatives is quite true?