§ MR. W. J. GALLOWAY (Manchester, S.W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether it is the practice of the War Office, in the case of wars in which British troops are engaged, to furnish to the London daily newspapers copies of telegrams received from the commander of such forces which it is desirable in the public interest to publish; whether such telegrams were formerly supplied also to the provincial press; and whether in the future he will undertake to supply them to the provincial press at the same time as the London press?
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
Telegrams are communicated to the London papers, and before 1885 they were sent to some provincial papers, but in that year it was agreed to leave the distribution to the provinces to the leading news agencies. It is not proposed to disturb that arrangement; it would be impracticable to send to all provincial papers, and any selection would be invidious.