Oral Answers to Questions — British Forces, India (Pamphlets)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Lawson Mr Hugh Lawson , Skipton 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Prime Minister who will be responsible for the drafting of the pamphlets that are to explain important matters of social legislation to the British forces in India; and what means are to be used to present divergent views when this legislation is of a controversial nature.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

These pamphlets will be prepared under the authority of the Minister or Ministers responsible for the particular policy described. The object of the pamphlets will be explanation, not advocacy, and the second part of the Question, therefore, does not arise.

Photo of Mr Hugh Lawson Mr Hugh Lawson , Skipton

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that, if these pamphlets take the form of an explanatory description of the Government White Paper, they will inevitably be propaganda for the Conservative Party at the next election? Surely, in fairness there should be some space in the pamphlet devoted to the opposition.