Hon. Harold Nicolson: Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the Admiralty will be more generous and imaginative in providing commentators for the B.B.C.?
Hon. Harold Nicolson: We want more of it.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am sorry to interrupt my hon. Friend, but at one moment he says that our propaganda is too Leftish and the next he is saying that we are trying to propitiate big business.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: It was not suppressed by the B.B.C.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am indeed glad to follow by hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Bartlett) and to congratulate him on a speech which was an example for its shortness and its authoritative and well-informed content. I have to echo what my hon. Friend has said in the tribute he has paid to the Minister of Information. In the last 14 months he has done most remarkable work. I should not agree with my...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: On a point of Order. Is it customary or fair that the name of a civil servant—and in this respect a temporary civil servant is in the same position as a civil servant—should be mentioned in the Order Paper in such a manner as may cause him public damage?
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I ask leave to make a short personal statement in connection with a Motion on the Order Paper which in effect demands that I should be dismissed from my post as Governor of the B.B.C. on the ground that I made a defeatist speech in Dublin. I made three speeches in Dublin, two of which have been already mentioned by the Home Secretary. The third was not exactly a speech. I was taking part in a...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the B.B.C. bulletins are not written by the B.B.C. but are supplied by the Service Departments?
Hon. Harold Nicolson: All the activities the hon. Member mentions are already being undertaken by the Ministry, and I gratefully record the most valuable help and co-operation we receive from the distinguished Americans he names and from many others, but I am satisfied that the official association of American citizens with the Ministry of Information in executive responsibility has for the present nothing to...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: This matter is under constant consideration.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: No, Sir. I am, however, grateful to the hon. Member for calling my attention to this omission.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: No, Sir. It was not held to be opportune to broadcast the full text of these declarations at the time, and the matter has not been raised since.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Yes, Sir.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Yes, Sir.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The British Civil Service is an organism and not a machine. It owes its vitality to the fact that even its most rigid rules are sometimes violated.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: In the circumstances, I think the statement was of public value.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: A very exceptional official and in very exceptional circumstances.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: This is a matter to which much attention has been given and the question of what further precautions are practicable and expedient is one on which my right hon. Friend is in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Certainly.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The premises originally occupied by the Belfast Censorship Unit were destroyed by enemy action on 4th-5th May, 1941. Emergency accommodation was secured which was found unsuitable. The Censorship Department was offered the present accommodation, which is situated outside the vulnerable area and is the best available in the circumstances. Certain alterations to the premises are about to be...