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Central Office Of Information (Lecturers)

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 26 April 1949

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the Central Office of Information, in selecting applicants to lecture on their behalf, inquire of them their political views; and whether these are taken into consideration.

No, Sir. But applicants are asked whether they take an active part in party politics and, if so, they are not employed as lecturers.

Can the Minister say whether any political parties are invited to submit lists of lecturers?

Is my right hon. Friend aware that almost invariably the person who has no politics is a Tory?

Will my right hon. Friend say whether the same scrutiny is made of the political opinions of journalists who are sent abroad to edit British papers?

I have made it quite clear in my original answer that the test is "an active part in party politics."