Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st May 1967.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking 12:00 am, 31st May 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Defence why press photographers were barred from the recent visit, by hon. Members and the national and local press, to the Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester; and if he will arrange for photographs of the controversial canvas suit to be released to the press.

Photo of Mr Gerald Reynolds Mr Gerald Reynolds , Islington North

As my hon. Friend's Question rather suggests, the temptation to dwell on pictures of the controversial canvas suit would have been irresistible. I preferred to rely on the balanced testimony of hon. Members and the experienced journalists who visited the Military Corrective Training Centre.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking

If there was nothing to hide, why not let it be seen?

Photo of Mr Gerald Reynolds Mr Gerald Reynolds , Islington North

I made arrangements for it to be seen by about seven hon. Members of the House and 16 journalists.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking

And the public generally?