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Oral Answers to Questions — Government Information Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th April 1957.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale 12:00 am, 15th April 1957

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish a guide to the Government Information Services for the convenience of home and overseas journalists and broadcasters.

Photo of Dr Charles Hill Dr Charles Hill , Luton

I share the view of the hon. Member that not enough is known of the work of the Government Information Services. I will certainly consider this and other suggestions on ways of providing more information about them. Meanwhile, I am sending the hon. Member a copy of a new series of leaflets, provided by the Central Office of Information, for distribution to journalists, describing publicity for export promotion and indicating how industry can help the information services.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

I am most grateful to the right hon. Gentleman, but I wonder whether he would bear in mind also the possibility, perhaps after Easter, of arranging an exhibition in the Palace of Westminster of the material which is produced by the Central Office of Information?

Photo of Dr Charles Hill Dr Charles Hill , Luton

There is a good deal in the hon. Gentleman's suggestion, and I have it in mind to do what he asks. I am sure that hon. Members in all parts of the House would be glad to see some indication of the output of the Central Office of Information.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Does that mean that the right hon. Gentleman will not confine this guide to overseas journalists and broadcasters but will make it available to hon. Members?

Photo of Dr Charles Hill Dr Charles Hill , Luton

I had in mind a small exhibition of the material of all kinds produced by the Central Office of Information, for the benefit of hon. Members.