Public Relations Officer (Hansard, 12 November 1951)
HC Deb 12 November 1951 vol 493 cc628-9
12. Lieut.-Colonel Marcus Lipton

asked the Minister of Food why applications have been invited for the post of Director of Public Relations at a salary of £1,500-£2,000; and when the present vacancy in his Department was first advertised.

Major Lloyd George

Applications for the post of Director of Public Relations in my Department were invited because the present Director has tendered his resignation; it was first advertised on 6th November.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Does the Minister's reply mean that the intelligent understanding of the food cuts cannot be safely entrusted to the Housewives' League and other adjuncts of the Conservative Party?

Sir Herbert Williams

Can my right hon. Friend say whether there is any need for a public relations officer in his or any other Department?

Major Lloyd George

The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that this was before I came into office. I am quite prepared to look into this matter, because my mind is by no means made up upon it.

Mr. Mulley

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman bear in mind the importance of getting a good man for this post, as the facts of our food position were not generally known in some parts until very recently?

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