Hon. Harold Nicolson: It was the first instalment of these instructions.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I trust that every Member of this House and every householder has already consulted it.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The actual danger of invasion becoming imminent.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The film, "Squadron 992," was hurriedly completed, in order that it might be shown privately to the French Minister of Information on 2nd April. Arrangements were then made for its distribution in the normal way, through trade channels, and the first public showing was given in London on 7th June. The film was generally released on 24th June.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: No, Sir. It was owing to the delay in regard to this film that arrangements were made which, we hope, will make a much more speedy distribution possible.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am aware that complaints have been made of restrictions on the activities of Film Units in France and Flanders. I attach considerable importance to the production of films depicting our national effort and I am in close touch with the Service Departments with a view to their providing the maximum facilities consistent with national interests.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I understand there were no films taken, and I can give my hon. and gallant Friend the assurance for which he asks.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: It was not possible to complete the membership of the Advisory Committee for the London Region before the pressure of events rendered it necessary that it should meet and commence its duties on a nucleus basis. I can assure the hon. Member that in the completion of the committee the necessity of covering the interests of employers and retail traders will be carefully borne in mind.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I have been asked to reply. All letters of aliens, who are interned, are subject to censorship irrespective of the recipient. The letters of aliens who are not interned are not subject to any censorship other than that applicable to the public generally.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: It depends upon where the letter was received from.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: As the reply is rather long, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: There has been a limitation.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I regret that I am not yet able to make any statement.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: The matter is under constant examination.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: Yes, Sir. The gentleman to whom the hon. Member refers is a member of the local Information Com- mittee of the Ministry of Information, but, as he was careful to make clear at the time, he was speaking entirely in his personal capacity and not as a member of the local Information Committee. Mr. Taylor is neither a civil servant nor in receipt of remuneration from the Government, and he...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am aware that Mr. Taylor's statements led to a considerable controversy at the time, but Mr. Taylor was speaking as an independent person.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I think my hon. Friend is under some misapprehension as to the functions of these Information Committees. They are not administrative sections of the Ministry of Information. They are voluntary and advisory bodies, and we have taken very great care that they should have on them representatives of every shade of opinion, even if those opinions are not such as to commend themselves to every...
Hon. Harold Nicolson: There is no misunderstanding about that at all. In fact, I never pretended that Mr. Taylor was making any statement on behalf of His Majesty's Government.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: There is no avoidable delay at Liverpool in the censoring of correspondence from Iceland and the Faröe Islands, and no advantage would be gained by transferring this censorship to Edinburgh.
Hon. Harold Nicolson: I will, certainly.