Oral Answers to Questions — "british Ally," Moscow (Publication)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th May 1949.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey 12:00 am, 4th May 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the cost in 1948 of printing and publishing "British Ally," the British Government's publication in Moscow; what is the average number of copies distributed of each issue; and if he has considered the desirability of ceasing further publication.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

The cost in 1948 was approximately £88,500 and the receipts from sales £108,139. The average number of copies distributed weekly is 50,000. This is the maximum circulation permitted by the Soviet Government. It is not proposed to cease publication.

Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East

Would my hon. Friend give the House an assurance that there will be no change in the policy of "British Ally," in giving a faithful reflection of the views expressed in this country about affairs in Russia and elsewhere?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

We shall always try to that, and we do not contemplate any change of policy.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

Does the Minister contemplate any change in the title?