Ministerial Broadcast

Oral Answers to Questions — Paymaster General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th February 1980.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North 12:00 am, 11th February 1980

asked the Paymaster General if he intends to make a ministerial broadcast.

Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North

Since the Government are so keen to save public expenditure, will the right hon. Gentleman consider making a ministerial broadcast to explainwhy he, as public relations adviser to the Government, is paid out of public funds and not by Conservative Central Office?

Photo of Mr Angus Maude Mr Angus Maude , Stratford-on-Avon

I am not a public relations adviser to the Government. My job—which previous Governments have also recognised is a necessary task—is to see that the Government information services do not operate merely in the interests of getting the facts of Government policy over to the public, but that they provide an adequate service of information to the press and the media.

Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley , Greenwich Woolwich West

Has my right hon. Friend any information on whether the public would prefer to have Labour Party political broadcasts on all three channels at the same time or whether they would rather have a choice?

Photo of Mr Angus Maude Mr Angus Maude , Stratford-on-Avon

My hon. Friend's guess is as good as mine on that.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian

If the right hon. Gentleman is not a public relations adviser to the Government, what the heck does he do? In particular, where is his job specification different from that of Lord Wigg in the Labour Government between 1964 and 1967?

Photo of Mr Angus Maude Mr Angus Maude , Stratford-on-Avon

I understand that the noble Lord had a job specification which the Government of the day were careful not to reveal to the public.