HC Deb 14 August 1940 vol 364 cc767-8
30. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of Information the reason for the delay in making the public announcement of the sinking of the "Accra," having regard to the fact that the news was widely known in this country many days before the announcement?

Mr. Cooper

It is contrary to the policy of His Majesty's Government to announce the loss of individual merchant ships. But in the present case there was no reason for withholding the news of the loss of the "Accra" after news of the loss had been published in the U.S.A.

Sir H. Williams

Having regard to the fact that the loss of this ship was well known in this country for at least eight days before publication of news of the sinking, does he not think that delay would cause considerable anxiety to relatives of those on board?

Mr. Cooper

It may have been well known in this country, but we did not want to publish it to Germany.