Aliens' Letters (Censorship).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 13th August 1940.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Home Secretary whether it is now the practice to censor all letters written to Members of Parliament by aliens in this country?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

I have been asked to reply. All letters of aliens, who are interned, are subject to censorship irrespective of the recipient. The letters of aliens who are not interned are not subject to any censorship other than that applicable to the public generally.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

If I told the hon. Gentleman that a letter which I have received from an uninterned alien was censored, would he then believe that this practice was going on?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

It depends upon where the letter was received from.