British Information Services, U.S.A.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Brigadier Ralph Rayner Brigadier Ralph Rayner , Totnes 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what special steps have been taken by the British Information Services in America to explain the British case in regard to Palestine; and what results it has achieved.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

British Information Services have put out a steady stream of material explaining the British point of view on Palestine. The statement issued by Hi: Majesty's Stationery Office on the termination of the Mandate has been given wide distribution; factual papers have been issued at frequent intervals, covering both the general case and various particular points. Since Sir A. Cadogan's statement in the Security Council on 27th May there has been a noticeable relaxation of tension even in New York, where it was acute.

Photo of Captain Albert Blackburn Captain Albert Blackburn , Birmingham King's Norton

Will the Foreign Secretary make sure that the British Information Services in America give proper publicity to the fact that this country has taken proportionately more Jews in the last five years than any other country in the world, including the United States?

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is the Foreign Secretary aware of the totally inadequate funds available for the use of the British Information Services in America, which make it impossible to defend the British case on Palestine or on anything else?

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

That does not arise out of the Question.

Photo of Mr Will Nally Mr Will Nally , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is the Foreign Secretary aware that some three months ago I addressed a Question to him asking if he was confident that the British. Information Services in the United States were adequate on this subject? Can he give some details as to what extent in the British Press the case for Britain in Palestine compares statistically with the case put forward by the highly organised and unscrupulous Zionist elements in the United States?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I ought to have notice of that Question.