Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Letter Censorship).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 8th July 1942.

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Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

asked the Minister of Information whether he will give instructions that letters from Great Britain to Northern Ireland should pass through the censorship with greater expedition, as there are many complaints of serious delay in the delivery of the mails which is causing much anxiety and unnecessary trouble?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I am advised that mail from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is not held for censorship longer than 24 hours except in the case of letters which have to be detained after examination. I am making inquiries into the particular case submitted to me by my hon. Friend.

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

Does my right hon. Friend recognise that these delays, which are unconscionable—a week or 10 days or more—can be remedied only by an increase in the staff of the censorship? I see no other way out.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

Is the Minister aware that letters still take four or five days to come from Belfast to the House of Commons?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

If the hon. Member is right, it is certainly another injustice to Ireland——

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

—Northern Ireland, and I promise to investigate the circumstances, if he will give me some particulars.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Could my right hon. Friend delay letters coming to English Members of Parliament?

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

Is the Minister aware that my copy of the Order Paper of the House generally does not arrive until Wednesday afternoon and is of no use to me? Something must be done about it.