Private Letters (Opening)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 2nd February 1943.

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Photo of Flight Lieut Wavell Wakefield Flight Lieut Wavell Wakefield , Swindon

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that private and personal letters written by civilians in this country to soldiers serving in this country are being opened and read by the military authorities before receipt; and will be state what instructions he has issued on this matter?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

No instructions have been issued by the War Office for any letters from civilians in this country addressed to soldiers serving in this country to be opened and read by any military authorities. If my hon. Friend will let me have further details of the case, I shall have inquiries made into the facts.

Mr. Davidson:

Is the Minister aware that a number of those letters contain very definite protests from sailors and soldiers at being refused the right to discuss the Beveridge Report?