15 NOVEMBER 1946, Page 16

Sia,—In your issue of November 1st under the paragraph headed

Inquest on the Press, you state that the recommendations of the proposed Royal Commission " will either lead to Government action or they will not. If they do not the commission is futile." I should like to suggest at least two reasons why the mere publication of the recommendations should not prove futile, even though the Government takes no action. Criticism of the Press in the past has come largely from the various organs of the Press representing some or other political viewpoint. A report by an impartial body with no political axe to grind would give the public an unbiased picture of the Press to-day. Also, surely the mere fact that a Labour Government declines to take action on the report of the Royal Commission would establish the integrity of the majority of the Press in the eyes of the public? It should also act as a deterrent to the protestations of many Socialist agitators against the "Press Barons."

—Yours faithfully, D. H. GILBERT. 126 Vine Lane, Hillingdon, Middlesex