HC Deb 10 April 1930 vol 237 cc2341-2
28. Mr. DAY

asked the Home Secretary whether he can state the titles and the number of literary publications which he has prohibited from circulation in Great Britain for the two years ended to the last convenient date; and whether he will consider appointing a Departmental Committee to inquire into the whole subject of literary censorship as it at present exists?


During the two years ending 31st March, 1930, five books and 17 periodicals have on account of their obscene or indecent character been prohibited from circulation in this country by means of a warrant addressed by me or by my predecessor to the Postmaster-General. I do not think it would be in the public interest to give their names. As regards the last part of the question, the answer is in the negative.


In that five, are there also included the publications prohibited by the Customs authorities under the Inland Revenue Regulations?


The whole of the publications that are prohibited, as far as I know, are included.

Major the Marquess of TITCHFIELD

Is it a fact that the hon. Member wanted to read these books?


Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to reconsider the censorship on certain books banned in this country which have since been published and circulated, apparently without any ill-effects, in America?


I will, of course, consider any representations that are made to me.

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