Paper Supplies (Publication, "famine").

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 18th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

asked the Minister of Supply how, in view of the paper shortage, newsprint is available for a publication called "Famine" issued by the Peace Pledge Union Information Service?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

According to the records of the Paper Control, no paper has been licensed for this publication, and inquiries are being made to ascertain the source of supply of the paper used for this purpose.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Does not my right hon. Friend think, in view of the harmful and mischievous nature of the propaganda contained in this newspaper, that we should have regard, in granting paper supplies, as to whether the product is essential, harmful or helpful to the war effort?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

The question of censorship and the advisability or inadvisability of control is at present under consideration.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Is it not a fact that the Minister has stopped the free Press which has done an excellent job of work in the North of England during the last 20 years?

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

Is it not a fact that control should not be exercised according to the political views of the people concerned, which is solely a matter for the Home Secretary?