§ 4. Mr. SCURR
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware of the fact that private letters and correspondence from Europe and America are still being opened and detained by the censor in several post offices in India; and will he request the Government of India to put an end to this state of affairs?
§ Earl WINTERTON
Under Section 26 of the Indian Post Office Act, 1898, the Governor General in Council, or an officer authorised by him, or a Local Government, may on the occurrence of a public emergency, or in the interest of the public safety or tranquillity, direct the interception or detention of any postal article or class or description of postal articles. The power is one that is necessary to all Governments, and there is no reason to suppose that it is being abused, or used without good reason, in India.