News (Release).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 21st May 1941.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

asked the Minister of Information what are the reasons which prevent the. immediate release of confirmed war news to the British public and its transmission to the United States of America?

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

News put out by the enemy is in many cases not "confirmed" news but news which the enemy are only too anxious for us either to confirm or to deny. Apart from this, my right hon. Friend knows of no reasons, other than security reasons, which prevent the immediate release of news.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

While I acknowledge the accuracy of the reply, is my hon. Friend not aware that there is really very considerable anxiety and a great eagerness in this country and in the United States that confirmed news should be available as rapidly as possible?

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

That is a point to which my right hon. Friend is giving very constant attention.