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Foreign Office (Mrs M A Hamilton)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 4 July 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what appointment in his Department is held by Mrs. Mary Agnes Hamilton, C.B.E.; and what are the duties in connection with it.

Mrs. Mary Agnes Hamilton holds the post of Director of the American Information Department. Her duties are to provide approved material and guidance for the work of the British Information Services in the United States.

While I have nothing to say against the personal integrity of this lady or her fitness for her job, does the Minister consider it is a good thing to have in this position someone who in the past has been so actively engaged in party politics?

I cannot follow the hon. Member's reasoning. This lady has many connections with the United States, both as a speaker, an author and, I believe, as a publisher. Her service, as the hon. Gentleman has observed, is impeccable. I can see no reason at all for proposing that she should be changed.

Speaking as one who has recently been to the United States, is my right hon. Friend in agreement with me when I say that this lady has been most helpful and impartial in regard to all the work of all Members of this House who have visited that country?