§ 50. Mr. GINNELL
asked the Prime Minister at what date, if any, Parliament empowered the Press Censor to issue confidential rules never submitted to Parliament and bearing no reference to the statutory authority, if any, on which they are based; if he will state the authority for the rule that nothing shall appear in any part of the published portion of a censored article or other Press matter to indicate that words or passages have been cut out or otherwise censored; and, if this rule is in accordance with law, why has it been issued confidentially?
§ Sir G. CAVE
The Press Censor's duty is to enforce, so far as he is able, those 28 Regulations under the Defence of the Realm Act which deal with publications in the Press. In pursuance of that duty he from time to time issues requests and instructions to the Press for their guidance and protection. These requests and instructions are issued confidentially because that course is in the national interest and tends to make the censorship more effective.