Iceland and Faroe Islands (Correspondence Censorship).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 11th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

asked the Minister of Information whether, to obviate the delay in censoring correspondence from Iceland and Faröe Islands, he will take steps to remove the locus of this censorship from Liverpool to Edinburgh?

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

There is no avoidable delay at Liverpool in the censoring of correspondence from Iceland and the Faröe Islands, and no advantage would be gained by transferring this censorship to Edinburgh.

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

What does the hon. Gentleman mean by "avoidable delay"? Is he aware that when goods come to Leith from these countries the documents accompanying them do not reach the consignees till weeks afterwards? Will he look into the matter from that point of view?

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

Is the hon. Gentleman also aware that there is available linguistic talent in Edinburgh?