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: 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: The B.B.C. do not include in their news bulletins any commentaries which are not either supplied or approved by responsible Departments. My right hon. Friend has, however, been aware for some time that irritation is caused if news bulletins fail to be wholly objective and has requested the B.B.C. to render them as factual as possible. He will consider the point raised by the hon. Member in...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend has made representations to the B.B.C. in that sense.
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: In the speech to which the Question appears to refer, my right hon. Friend stated that he was personally not opposed to the discussion of peace aims by private individuals. No decision has been taken with regard to the question whether such discussion should be given publicity by the B.B.C.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am aware that my right hon. Friend does not consider the present phase of the war very suitable for such a discussion.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Five Presbyterian services were broadcast during January, 1941, one during February and two during March. The time available for religious broadcasting is allocated by the British Broadcasting Corporation to the various religious denominations on a regular basis approved by the Central Religious Advisory Committee, while religious broadcasts are fixed at the hours found most convenient to the...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend is giving it very careful consideration.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend is in consultation with my right hon. Friends the Minister of Labour and National Service and the President of the Board of Trade with a view to ensuring that sufficient skilled man-power is retained for the production of propaganda films—and of films generally—having regard to the manpower needs of the Armed Forces.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I regret that on account of the very great pressure on broadcasting time I cannot ask the B.B.C. to transfer the Welsh news to a peak listening hour, and for the same reason the Corporation cannot increase the time now devoted to programmes in Welsh.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I understand that the unoccupied people are in a rather elderly category, and it is not likely that a large proportion will be employed at the time of the Welsh broadcasts.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The script of Sir Walter Citrine's talk conflicted with a standing censorship instruction which prohibits, in the interests of national security, the mention of a particular subject. The reasons underlying this prohibition still retain their force, and it would have been unfair to make an exception to a rule which has been loyally accepted by other broadcasters and by the Press. I can only...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: No, Sir; there is no question of the eminence of the broadcaster. The point is merely that he cannot give information which is denied to the Press.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The question is constantly being reconsidered.