Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping Losses (Publication).

– in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Prime Minister whether it is permissible for newspapers in this country to publish figures of shipping losses which have appeared in the American Press?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Yes, Sir, but they are required to make it clear that they are only reproducing what has already been published in America.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Is my right hon. Friend aware that by permitting publication of these figures the impression is created that they are substantially accurate? Is it wise to refuse continually to publish official figures?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

That is another question.