Hon. Harold Nicolson: That matter would come under the last point raised by the hon. Member, namely, the allocation of time and the avoidance of padding. I think it is a very important point.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The basis of the political representation upon the Advisory Committee was fixed after discussion with the headquarters of the political parties concerned. The remaining members of the committee were nominated in order to provide a body representative of the main interests in Wales not neglecting the variety of outlook between the North and South. As the list of names and the organisations...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: In answer to the first part of the Supplementary Question, it is always possible for the committee to opt further members if they feel that they are not fully represented or do not cover a sufficiently wide area of the country. The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative?
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Shakespeare's birthday was marked in the B.B.C. German programmes by a special talk and by a commentary on the celebrations at Stratford-on-Avon. In the lighter part of the programme, which is specially designed to cater for those in Germany who appreciate jazz music which they cannot get on their own stations, some records were played from an English theatrical production which contained...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend is well aware of the considerations to which the hon. Member refers, and he is anxious to release as much information as possible on this and other aspects of the Battle of the Atlantic. It must however be borne in mind that information which is of interest to our friends in America may be of assistance to our enemies in Europe.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: That consideration is constantly borne in mind, but it is also most important not to give the enemy precise facts on matters in regard to which at present they can only make the wildest guesses.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Certainly, not full, but fuller information.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Regional committees serving the Ministry of Information are not only permitted, but encouraged, to offer advice. No change of policy is required.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: It is one thing to offer advice and it is another to pass resolutions of disapproval against the Ministry of Information. The recommendations have been taken into consideration.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Reference to any individual site recently injured by air bombardment is forbidden on security grounds. It is the practice to relax this rule in the case of some buildings of historic or national importance within a short time of the event.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Certainly, Sir.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: It is not a question of policy; it is a question of common sense. We wish to give just as much information as we possibly can without giving information to the enemy.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My hon. and gallant Friend will have observed that during recent weeks all subjects likely to provoke political controversy have been avoided in Sunday evening postscripts.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: News put out by the enemy is in many cases not "confirmed" news but news which the enemy are only too anxious for us either to confirm or to deny. Apart from this, my right hon. Friend knows of no reasons, other than security reasons, which prevent the immediate release of news.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: That is a point to which my right hon. Friend is giving very constant attention.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The damage inflicted on Westminster Abbey and the House of Commons was the subject of a special communiqué on the day after the event, and the incident has already received the fullest publicity. While my right hon. Friend does not think that the world stands in need of any further evidence of deliberate vandalism on the part of Germany, he is grateful for this opportunity of calling...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend regrets that it is not legally possible for him to issue the instructions proposed by the hon. Member. If, however, the appropriate authority in Queen's University, Belfast, will communicate with the Chief Postal Censor, steps will be taken to facilitate the grant of the necessary permits.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: These broadcasts were started as an experiment, and it was represented to us both officially by the Swiss Government and otherwise that the reaction to them in Switzerland was unfavourable. In these circumstances, and for the reasons stated by my right hon. Friend in his reply of the 14th May to the hon. Baronet the Member for the City of London (Sir G. Broadbridge), the broadcasts were...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: That is not the fact. It was not due to Nazi terrorism. The information we got from all sources was that these broadcasts were not really welcome to the Swiss people, who did not wish to start a broadcast war over their area.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Yes, Sir.