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Ministry Of Information

Volume 371: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1941

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Public Meetings

22.

asked the Minister of Information whether he will consider the advisability of discontinuing the organisation of public meetings on the present scale, in view of their limited usefulness?

:Is there not a general feeling that a great many of the public meetings organised by the Ministry might in the public interest be abandoned and that they are not serving any useful purpose?

Poster

23.

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that the poster bearing the words "Be like Dad, Keep Mum," is offensive to women, and is a source of irritation to housewives, whose work in the home if paid for at current rates would make a substantial addition to the family income; and whether he will have this poster with drawn from the hoardings?

I am indeed sorry if words that were intended to amuse should have succeeded in irritating. I cannot, however, believe the irritation is very profound or widely spread.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this poster is not amusing but is in the worst Victorian music-hall taste and is a reflection on his whole Department?

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if he goes to modern music-halls, he will find that this kind of joke is not indulged in and that this suggests that he is a little out of date for the work he is doing?

Propaganda (Conquered) Countries)

24.

asked the Minister of Information whether he is satisfied that the efforts and activities of his Department are encouraging the determination of the conquered countries to resist the tyranny of their aggressors?

Yes, Sir. If my hon. and gallant Friend has any suggestions to make whereby our efforts in this direction could be improved, I shall be glad to receive them.