HC Deb 24 March 1925 vol 182 c233

asked the Secretary of State for War if he can see his way to arrange for an inquiry by an independent person into the claim of Mr. E P. Nicholson, who states that his business as photographer was seized by the official Rhine Army newspaper, the "Cologne Post," in 1921, without compensation?


The "Cologne Post" is not financed from Army funds, and is not an official publication except in so far as the military authorities exercise a control over its contents. The War Office- can accept no liability for the action of the management of the newspaper in terminating Mr. Nicholson's agreement with them in 1921, and I can see no purpose to be served by my instituting any inquiry such as my hon. and gallant Friend suggests. I may say, however, that Mr. Nicholson's complaints were carefully investigated by my predecessor and the Army Council, who came to the conclusion that they called for no action by the War Office.