HC Deb 22 March 1917 vol 91 c2023
2. Colonel GRETTON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that the Foreign Office bags sealed and entrusted to Foreign Office messengers have been frequently used during the present War for the conveyance of private correspondence; and if he will take effective steps to stop all letters of private persons being conveyed in the Foreign Office bags either to or from this country?

The MINISTER of BLOCKADE (Lord Robert Cecil)

Private correspondence is only conveyed in the Foreign Office bags under exceptional circumstances and with a special authorisation. I am satisfied with the present regulations on the subject.

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