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Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 30th June 1942.

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Mr. Creech Jones:

asked the Secretary of State for War whether commanding officers have any authority to prevent or discourage a member of the Armed Forces from having letters or articles published in the Press under his own name on other than Army matters?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for North Lambeth (Mr. G. Strauss) on 16th June.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

If that answer was all-inclusive, may we take it from the answer to the present Question that there is no form of discouragement whatsoever on the part of commanding officers? Can the Minister give a direct answer to this question?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The answer I gave before was, "No, Sir." There is no discouragement.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Is the Minister aware that the difficulty of obtaining such permission often makes it practically impossible for people to avail themselves of this opportunity?