Hon. Harold Nicolson: The case for and against a discussion of peace aims has been ventilated both on the wireless and in the Press, and the Government see no reason at present to encourage further discussion.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am afraid I should want notice of that question.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am grateful to learn that the change of wavelength has led to better reception of the Forces programme at Greenock, and I am glad to say that a similar improvement has been obtained in several other parts of the country. Moreover, it is now possible to devote the new wavelength exclusively to this programme, as the foreign language bulletins which previously had to be transmitted along...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I would not say that.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The final text of these instructions will probably be approved within the next few days. They will be distributed in leaflet form by the Post Office to every household in the Kingdom. They will be issued at the same time to the Press, and copies will be available in the Library.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Arrangements have been made with the Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association for the inclusion in each programme in almost every cinema theatre throughout the country, including the London area, of a short Ministry propaganda film. In addition there are many longer films of propaganda value made by commercial producers either for, or in co-operation with, the Ministry. These are regularly...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend is never satisfied that all arrangements are perfect, but the arrangements now made are a great improvement on the former ones.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Yes, Sir.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: There is no avoidable delay at Liverpool in the censoring of correspondence from Iceland and the Faröe Islands, and no advantage would be gained by transferring this censorship to Edinburgh.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I will, certainly.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Yes, Sir. The gentleman to whom the hon. Member refers is a member of the local Information Com- mittee of the Ministry of Information, but, as he was careful to make clear at the time, he was speaking entirely in his personal capacity and not as a member of the local Information Committee. Mr. Taylor is neither a civil servant nor in receipt of remuneration from the Government, and he...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am aware that Mr. Taylor's statements led to a considerable controversy at the time, but Mr. Taylor was speaking as an independent person.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I think my hon. Friend is under some misapprehension as to the functions of these Information Committees. They are not administrative sections of the Ministry of Information. They are voluntary and advisory bodies, and we have taken very great care that they should have on them representatives of every shade of opinion, even if those opinions are not such as to commend themselves to every...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: There is no misunderstanding about that at all. In fact, I never pretended that Mr. Taylor was making any statement on behalf of His Majesty's Government.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I regret that I am not yet able to make any statement.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The matter is under constant examination.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: As the reply is rather long, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: There has been a limitation.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I have been asked to reply. All letters of aliens, who are interned, are subject to censorship irrespective of the recipient. The letters of aliens who are not interned are not subject to any censorship other than that applicable to the public generally.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: It depends upon where the letter was received from.