Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 24th April 1940.
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asked the Minister of Information what procedure is followed in opening and examining letters sent to
this country from other countries within the Empire?
There is no censorship in the United Kingdom of letters sent to this country from other countries within the Empire.
Is the Minister aware that I have had one sent to me from my sister in Australia which has been opened and censored, and that that is why I am making inquiries?
The letter was opened in Australia.
Surely that is dodging the issue. However, I have an answer for the time being, and I shall put down another Question.
Would the letter that I have received from my constituency be opened in Australia also?
I should certainly want notice of that question.
Is it not the fact that the Post Office have for several years claimed the right to open anything they thought improper?
That may be so in war-time.
And any other time?
At the present moment letters from the Empire are not opened in the United Kingdom, and the United Kingdom does not control what happens to letters in any other part of the Empire.
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