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Coi (Press Advertisement)

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 21 June 1949

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asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury why an advertisement entitled "Productivity Campaign 49" inserted in the Press by the Central Office of Information ridicules the Police Force.

As no Government advertisement ridicules the Police Force, the Question does not arise.

Would not the hon. Member consider he was being ridiculed if he were portrayed in the public Press as being about 18 inches high, almost entirely obliterated from view by a large moustache and showing patent inability to carry a shopping basket? If the answer is "Yes," as I imagine it will be, does he not consider that the police have considerable grounds of complaint?

My impression is that the sense of humour of the Police Force exceeds that of the hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Thames (Mr. Boyd-Carpenter).

In view of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary answer, may I take it that he has no objection to being similarly portrayed?

Has my hon. Friend received any complaints from the Police Federation or any other body representing the Police Force?

On a point of Order. As the Chamber is warming up, Mr. Speaker, could we have some windows open, please?