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Embassy Official's Interview

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the interview with Mr. Philip Jordan, First Secretary to the British Embassy in Washington, published in the "New Orleans Times-Picayune" on 28th February, 1947, was given with his approval; and if he will instruct the Ambassador in Washington to discourage his officials from the publicising of party propaganda.

Mr. Philip Jordan was sent on a month's speaking tour with the full authority of His Majesty's Ambassador. It is part of the duty of officials in the Information Office of the Embassy to give information, and even to express opinions if such are called for, in the course of those interviews, which the custom of the country demands they shall give when arriving in cities they do not normally visit.