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Nature volume 162, pages 13 (03 July 1948) | Download Citation



AS the Royal Society Conference on Scientific Information closes, it is not inappropriate to consider the wider questions of the diffusion of information in general. The debate in the House of Commons on May 13 on the Civil Estimates for the Central Office of Information covered a wide field ; from one point of view it was of interest on account of the statement which it drew from the Lord President of the Council, regarding information services and publicity organisation of the Government. That statement should do something to dispel the confusion which, as the debate itself indicated, still persists between a fact-finding organisation and that concerned with the dissemination of the information collected. Of the first the Economic Information Unit is typical, being concerned to supply the Government with information on the broad facts of the economic state of the nation and the economic problems of the world in relation to Great Britain.

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