Hon. Harold Nicolson: It was not possible to complete the membership of the Advisory Committee for the London Region before the pressure of events rendered it necessary that it should meet and commence its duties on a nucleus basis. I can assure the hon. Member that in the completion of the committee the necessity of covering the interests of employers and retail traders will be carefully borne in mind.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am aware that complaints have been made of restrictions on the activities of Film Units in France and Flanders. I attach considerable importance to the production of films depicting our national effort and I am in close touch with the Service Departments with a view to their providing the maximum facilities consistent with national interests.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I understand there were no films taken, and I can give my hon. and gallant Friend the assurance for which he asks.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The B.B.C. introduced such broadcasts on 23rd June, and two programmes are broadcast each day, the first from 10.30 to 11 a.m., and the second from 3 to 3.30 p.m. With regard to the second part of the Question, I will consult with the Departments concerned.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: That will certainly be borne in mind.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I will also bear that in mind.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Reception areas cover a large portion of the country. For this reason it is not considered practicable or necessary to keep the names of these areas secret, and they have in fact been a matter of common knowledge both in this country and abroad. The question whether the names of the districts to which children are being sent should be published in advance of a particular movement will be kept...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The hon. Member will note that in my reply I stated "general direction of movement." However, I quite appreciate his point.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend had received complaints from some hon. Members to the effect that they had not been notified in time that regional meetings were to be held in their constituencies. He regarded these complaints as reasonable, and steps were taken to ensure that such notifications should not miscarry. In view, however, of the urgent need of economy, he has given instructions that only one...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The publication of these photographs has for some time been causing my right hon. Friend serious concern. He does not, however, possess powers to prohibit publication and can only hope and believe that the Press will appreciate the point made by the hon. Member and realise their serious responsibilities in such matters.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend is very anxious to do nothing to curtail the liberty of the Press. Hitherto, he has been able to rely with great success on the good sense of the persons concerned.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Representations have already been made.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The question of headlines also is causing my right hon. Friend the very gravest concern.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: A leaflet, "If the Invader comes—what to do and how to do it," was circulated to every householder in the country in the course of last week. This leaflet contained a number of instructions to the civilian population as to their action in the event of parachute and other landings. The leaflet included a statement that "more detailed instructions will be given you when the danger comes nearer."
Hon. Harold Nicolson: It was the first instalment of these instructions.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I trust that every Member of this House and every householder has already consulted it.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The actual danger of invasion becoming imminent.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The film, "Squadron 992," was hurriedly completed, in order that it might be shown privately to the French Minister of Information on 2nd April. Arrangements were then made for its distribution in the normal way, through trade channels, and the first public showing was given in London on 7th June. The film was generally released on 24th June.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: No, Sir. It was owing to the delay in regard to this film that arrangements were made which, we hope, will make a much more speedy distribution possible.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: My right hon. Friend cannot accept the hon. Baronet's description of the article in question, which is mainly concerned with the oppression of the Poles under German rule, but deals also in certain paragraphs with conditions in Soviet-occupied territory. It is, of course, contrary to the policy of His Majesty's Government to initiate publicity hostile to neutral states, and my right hon....