D Notices

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

asked the Attorney-General on how many occasions during the past six months editors and/or journalists and newspaper proprietors have been prosecuted for evading D Notices.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

That is a surprising reply. What happened to the Daily Express, Mr. Chapman Pincher and company? Surely some action should have been taken against them if they were so seriously guilty of dereliction of their duty to the public?

Photo of Sir Elwyn Jones Sir Elwyn Jones , West Ham South

I suspect that my hon. Friend knew the answer to his Question, but that did not deter him from persisting in tabling it. There was no evidence of a criminal offence and, therefore, there was no prosecution.