HC Deb 09 May 1939 vol 347 cc281-2
39. Mr. Cary asked

the Secretary of State for War whether he has any information to give the House with regard to the suspension from general circulation of the monthly Army List?

Sir V. Warrender

The Monthly Army List in the form in which it has hitherto been issued contains information which in present circumstances it is undesirable to publish. A book which will exclude such information is in preparation, and will be placed on sale and reissued monthly. In the meantime, publication of the Monthly Army List is suspended.

Mr. Bellenger

Is this procedure in accordance with that adopted by certain other countries which also exclude military information of this nature from the general public?

Sir V. Warrender

I think there are very few other countries that publish as much information as we do.

Lieut.-Colonel Dower

Is there any chance of units being able to obtain reference books giving the necessary information which they require for their administration?

Sir V. Warrender

Yes, there will be official issues available for units giving all the information.