Loss of H.M.S. Eagle (Newspaper's Announcement)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Minister of Information the name of the newspaper which not comply with the Government's request and announced the sinking of H.M.S. "Eagle"; and what action he proposes to take?

Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester

asked the Minister of Information the name of the newspaper which ignored the request of the Admiralty to withhold publication of the loss of H.M.S. "Eagle," pending the receipt of information as to survivors; and if he will consider suspending the publication of this paper for one day to mark the widespread public resentment at its proprietors' disregard for the feelings of relatives of the ship's company?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

The name of the newspaper concerned was the "Daily Express." I have no power to suspend the publication of a newspaper.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Can the Minister stop this "getting away from Government requirements" in future by suppressing this paper for a month? That would stop all these leakages.

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

The Ministry of Information is concerned with expression, not suppression.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Could my right hon. Friend have a word with his friend Lord Beaverbrook?

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Will the Minister advise the "Daily Express" and other national papers to study the columns of the "Daily Worker"?