asked the Minister of Information what action he has taken on his decision to exercise a stricter control on Press messages from this country; whether statements made in Parliament containing criticism of the Government, or any of our Allies, or any member of the Administration will be censored; and if so, whether he will exercise the censorship himself?
Censorship of Press messages from this country is being carried out in accordance with the principles laid down in my reply to my hon. Friend, the Member for Aylesbury (Sir S. Reed), on 26th March. Messages correctly reporting statements made in Parliament are not censored, whether or not they contain criticism of members of the Government or of anyone else.
I am absolutely certain. I am the only person who could issue such an instruction, and I would not dream of issuing an instruction that criticisms of any member of the Administration—including myself—should not be properly reported.
I am more than willing to make a careful inquiry, and perhaps the hon. Gentleman will give me the information he has. I will certainly make an inquiry, because it would be a very grave matter indeed if the hon. Gentleman's statement was accurate.