Results 141–160 of 228 for speaker:Hon. Harold Nicolson

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.: Rudolf Hess. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: The statement broadcast by the B.B.C. was based on information supplied by the Ministry of Information to the B.B.C. and the Press which has since been found to be erroneous. The true facts are those stated in the Reply given on 22nd May by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air to the hon. and gallant Member for Renfrew (Major Lloyd).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.: Rudolf Hess. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: It was verified and then found to be incorrect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.: Rudolf Hess. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend much regrets that more careful verification was not made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.: Rudolf Hess. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: There is no question of any imputation on the Duke of Hamilton's personal conduct. He has acted with the utmost circumspection and carefulness. For any statement for which my Ministry is responsible which may have led to any doubts about his integrity we must apologise, and we do so now.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am sure my right hon. Friend will be very much obliged to those who have expressed concern at his absence from the House and hope for his rapid recovery, a hope which I entirely share. The two hon. Members who have spoken have covered a wide field. The hon. and gallant Member for Marylebone (Captain Cunningham-Reid) referred to the recent departure of an officer who had had long B.B.C....

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: No, abroad. In any case it is perfectly possible to say, if one can define what a publicity expert is—and that would be a very difficult definition—that the officials in charge of the main departments of the Ministry are not necessarily expert in the purely publicity side of propaganda. It might also be mentioned, however, that each one has attained, at an early age, a leading position in...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: We have a great deal to answer for, and we are very proud of it. In spite of the fact that the Germans possessed armoured divisions on the various frontiers of the countries they threatened and intimidated, so excellent was the presentation of our case, so great a conviction did we win of our eventual victory and the righteousness of our cause, that Greece and Yugoslavia came on to our side....

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: A further point upon which the hon. and gallant Member rightly laid stress was the question of America. He has been in America more recently than I have, and his visits to that country, although not as frequent as my own, have been more extensive. Whereas I did not go beyond California, such was his interest in American social reform and in grasping the meaning of the American idea, that he...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I think it was something to do with child welfare.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I was reminding the House that the hon. and gallant Gentleman has a more recent and wider experience of American conditions than I have. I agree with a good deal of what the hon. and gallant Member said. It is true, and I think that anyone of any experience of the United State will agree, that in the early stages of the war it was absolutely essential that His Majesty's Government should...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I was just coming to that. We are also hoping before long to provide American newspaper men in London, to whom, incidentally, we owe a very great debt, not only with greater facilities for getting information, not only with greater background stuff, but also, I hope, with the assistance of Mr. Speaker and the willing co-operation of the Press Gallery, with greater facilities in this House,...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: If it is a Government official statement it is immediately referred to the Department concerned. If it is a matter dealing with Admiralty affairs, it is "O.K'd" by the Admiralty; if a statement on' home security, by the Department of Home Security. It is the Department actually concerned which passes any official communiqué But where we come in, as we do after the event, is to indicate...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Information. (27 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: That is an important question. My right hon. Friend has had reason to speak about the paucity and thinness of the Parliamentary reports and about the enormous and disproportionate length given to Government statements compared with statements by ordinary private Members. He has taken that very much to heart. I hope that, after the Recess, there will be a regular weekly Parliamentary report...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: Poster Propaganda. (28 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: The suggestion is one which has already received very full consideration, but there are various practical difficulties in the way of carrying it out; nevertheless my right hon. Friend will have the matter re-examined.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: Poster Propaganda. (28 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: Certainly, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: "hansard" (Broadcast News). (28 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: A talk on "Hansard" has now been arranged, and other steps are under active consideration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: Rudolf Hess. (28 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: The hon. and gallant Member is under some misapprehension. Sir Nevile Henderson has never spoken on behalf of the Ministry of Information, nor am I aware that any Ministry speaker has ever referred to Nazi officials in the manner described. Accordingly, my right hon. Friend does not consider that there is any need to issue a warning such as the hon. and gallant Member suggests.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: Rudolf Hess. (28 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am quite prepared to believe that Sir Nevile Henderson made a speech, but he did not make it under our auspices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: Rudolf Hess. (28 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: He is not there now.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: Propaganda to France. (28 May 1941)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: The hon. Member may be assured that there is no lack of vigour in our propaganda to France. Our view of the policy adopted by the Vichy Government is made abundantly clear to the French people, who are continually urged to manifest their extreme disapproval of the course to which they are being committed.


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