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Public Relations Officers

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 8 November 1945

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury under what instructions public relations officers in Government Departments work; whether such instructions include a provision that while forthcoming legislation may be explained it may not be interpreted in advance of interpretation to the House by the Minister concerned; and whether these officers are responsible directly to the Ministry concerned.

Public relations officers are directly responsible to the individual Departments in which they are employed, and they work under the instructions of those Departments. No general instructions have been issued, but I am sure that these officers take every care to keep within the limts of their functions.