HC Deb 28 February 1938 vol 332 cc745-6
49. Miss Rathbone

asked the Prime Minister whether in view of the passage in the German Chancellor's speech to the Reichstag relating to the activities of the foreign Press, he will assure the House that any agreement come to with Germany will not include any restriction on the freedom of the British Press?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. But I should like to take this opportunity of repeating what I said in the House on 21st December about the responsibility of the Press in international affairs. I do not think that any greater service could be rendered to the cause of peace than by the exercise of restraint and toleration by the Press of all countries when dealing with foreign affairs, whether they are presenting their account of current events or commenting on policies or personalities.

Miss Rathbone

In view of the extremely angry and threatening nature of that passage in the Chancellor's speech, would it not have an appeasing effect upon him if the right hon. Gentleman would set up a concentration camp for British journalists?