Broadcast Story (Identity of German).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

asked the Minister of Information why it was considered advisable for the British Broadcasting Corporation to disclose the identity of a German soldier who had sold petrol to an escaping Frenchman; and whether he will take steps to prevent a repetition of a similar statement?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

The B.B.C. are not to blame. This story was broadcast in the form in which it was given out at a Press conference at the Free French Headquarters, passed by the censor, and reported in the Press. The identity of the German soldier was not necessarily disclosed, but I agree that we cannot be too careful in avoiding the publication of details which would in any way prejudice further escapes to this country.