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Government Vehicle (Political Poster)

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he has taken in the matter referred to him by the hon. Member for Mile End, concerning Conservative Party propaganda displayed by a poster on a Government vehicle; and whether he is satisfied that the steps he is taking will prevent the disseminating of political propaganda on Government property.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture
(Mr. George Brown)

The employee concerned has been reprimanded, and an instruction has been issued reminding the staff that political propaganda material must not be displayed on Government vehicles or property. The incident referred to was an isolated one caused by the thoughtless action of an individual without the knowledge of the Department, and the action taken should prevent any recurrence.

While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him if he can give the House an assurance that the steps he has taken will prevent such posters and other materials being used by the Conservative Party on Government vehicles and property in order to expound their policy?