Oral Answers to Questions — Policy Statements (Publicity)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he takes to see that important statements of policy are communicated to the public.

Photo of Commander Robert Allan Commander Robert Allan , Paddington South

All possible steps are taken.

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole

Did my hon. Friend observe that in reporting the very important debate on foreign affairs on 8th July last the Daily Herald gave 12 column inches to the right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan), 2 inches to his right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition, only I inch to the Foreign Secretary and no inches to the Prime Minister? Does my hon. Friend consider that fair reporting?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

That is a matter for the newspaper, not for the Government.