Censorship (Magazines and Books).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

asked the Minister of Information whether his recent declarations concerning the maintenance of the liberty of the Press extends to magazines and books?

Mr. Cooper:

Yes, Sir.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

Can the right hon. Gentleman discourage newsagents and booksellers, particularly those who have a virtual monopoly, from exercising a private political censorship of their own by banning certain books?

Mr. Cooper:

I have no powers over the action taken independently by newsagents and booksellers.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is contrary to the spirit of his recent declarations?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Did the right hon. Gentleman tell the book stores at King's Cross that they were not to sell me that book, "Guilty Men"?

Mr. Cooper:

No, Sir.