Social Survey Information (Circular Letter)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th October 1944.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West 12:00 am, 25th October 1944

asked the Minister of Information for what purpose industrial undertakings are being asked to submit the names of employees willing to act as correspondents to provide his Department periodically with reports of rumours, the state of morale and of what their fellow workers are saying and thinking about the war and national news and local and domestic affairs.

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I presume my hon. Friend is referring to a circular letter written by a member of the staff of the Regional Information Officer in Bristol. The writer was obviously anxious to learn the opinions and interests of the public outside the world of officials. I doubt not that this pompous document was the product of an excess of zeal. It should never have been issued and it has been withdrawn.