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Productivity Campaign (Advertisement)

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 26 April 1949

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asked the Lord President of the Council if his attention has been drawn to advertisements for a productivity campaign in which a police officer is depicted as beckoning workers into a factory; and, in view of the resentment which this has caused to workers, if he will give an assurance that advertisements of this nature are not published in future.

asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury if his attention has been drawn to the advertisements issued by the Economic Information Unit on behalf of His Majesty's Government cartooning a police officer; whether he was consulted before these advertisements were issued; and, in view of the adverse effect they are having on recruitment for the police force, what steps he is taking to see that advertisements of this sort are not published in future.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer was fully aware of plans for the current productivity advertising, which has his approval. There is no evidence that the advertisements have adversely affected police recruiting, or caused resentment among workers, either during the three days which elapsed between their first appearance and the day when the hon. Member put down his Questions, or since.