HC Deb 22 February 1900 vol 79 cc784-5
MR. BILLSON () Halifax

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether arrangements can be made for important news from South Africa being communicated to the public without the delay which occurred on Friday, when the news of General French's entry into Kimberley is understood to have reached the War Office at 4.30 a.m., but was not given out until 9.45.


It is impossible; to review and publish news at an earlier hour. The Press Lobby only opens at 9.45.