HC Deb 15 February 1900 vol 79 cc73-4

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Government can, without detriment to the public interests, authorise the publication of earlier and fuller official information with regard to the progress of the war, and give greater freedom to the correspondents of British newspapers, so as to prevent the earliest news of important or critical events reaching this country from the Continent.


My right hon. friend has asked me to reply to this. Every telegram describing military operations which can be published is published at the earliest possible moment. The Government must leave the restrictions on correspondents at the front to the discretion of the military authorities in South Africa.