HC Deb 04 April 1917 vol 92 cc1297-8

(by Private Notice) asked the Leader of the House, in the absence of the Prime Minister, whether, in view of the entrance of the United States of America into the War on the side of the Allies, he will cause instructions to be issued that the severe censorship on dispatches sent by newspaper correspondents to America shall be forthwith abolished or relaxed?


The dispatches of American correspondents are always treated with great consideration, and the Censors will, of course, have due regard to the new conditions which have arisen and may arise, subject to the obvious requirements of the situation.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, so far from the American correspondents having been treated with consideration, that the restrictions to which they were subjected—


I am afraid I cannot allow that question. I think I have taken a liberal view with regard to these private notice questions, but it is rather an abuse for hon. Members to try to follow them with arguments.

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