Sir John Reith: I have no knowledge of the particular point referred to by the hon. Member. The script of this film was submitted for approval by the producers, but otherwise the Ministry has had nothing to do with it.
Sir John Reith: indicated assent.
Sir John Reith: There is no censorship in the United Kingdom of letters sent to this country from other countries within the Empire.
Sir John Reith: The letter was opened in Australia.
Sir John Reith: I should certainly want notice of that question.
Sir John Reith: That may be so in war-time.
Sir John Reith: At the present moment letters from the Empire are not opened in the United Kingdom, and the United Kingdom does not control what happens to letters in any other part of the Empire.
Sir John Reith: I have been asked to reply. My attention was called to the incident. I understand that an explanation and apology have been given by the railway authorities to the journalist concerned. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer to the reply which I gave on 10th April to the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher).
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir. I am glad to be able to tell the hon. Member that negotiations are in progress now with all Departments concerned with just such an end in view as he mentions.
Sir John Reith: The answer to the first part of the Question is that after a full consideration of the case last December it was decided in the national interest that a general permit should not be issued to Messrs. Lawrence &' Wishart for the export of their publications to censorable countries. Permission to export a particular publication was later sought and granted. The answer to the second part of the...
Sir John Reith: I prefer not to answer more specifically, but I will tell the hon. Member that if this particular firm cares to make the particular application again, since general permission was refused, such application will have consideration.
Sir John Reith: All practicable steps are being taken to ensure that information of value to the enemy is not transmitted to Germany from any part of the United Kingdom, and the position is constantly under review.
Sir John Reith: I have seen the article to which the hon. Member refers, but I am sorry I am not able to say anything more than I have said.
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir. I think I may say that the measures to prevent leakage by that channel are, to all intents and purposes, complete.
Sir John Reith: The circulation of "Noteworthy," originally 3,500 copies per week, is now 24,000, the increase being due to demand. It is sent to officials and members of political organisations and of voluntary societies. Its object is to provide information on the national war effort supplementary to ordinary news. On the present circulation, the annual cost of printing and despatch amounts to £2,373 and...
Sir John Reith: They cover the same ground to some extent but they have entirely different circulations. Although to some extent the same people may be occupied in compiling the two different publications, they are, I think, more engaged on one or the other separately.
Sir John Reith: All sorts of political organisations.
Sir John Reith: If the hon. Member would like to have it I should be delighted to provide him with it.
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir, I am aware of this practical expression of sympathy on the part of American friends. American Press correspondents in London know the true position, and have been encouraged specially to report it to their papers, in order to correct any misunderstanding that exists.
Sir John Reith: I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Peebles (Captain Ramsay) on 20th March. This station is monitored and its propaganda, with that of other German broadcasts, is dealt with.