The Press: 999 to 849

Last week in the House of Commons Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain rose up as expected (TIME, Oct. 9) to announce the downfall of Britain's month-old Ministry of Information. After bitter onslaughts in press and Parliament, Mr. Chamberlain intimated that the Ministry's unwieldy staff had been drastically curtailed, its most vital function transferred to a new Press Censorship and News Distribution Department of the Government.

Next day in the House of Lords Minister of Information Lord Macmillan gave out details. Of the Ministry's famed 999, some 450 staff members remained to write and distribute...

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