HC Deb 19 June 1940 vol 362 cc144-5
13. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that booklets advocating birth control, and giving many details of sex problems unsuitable for children to read about, are being sent through the post in open envelopes; that grave anxiety is being caused to parents by this procedure; and whether he will make it illegal to send such pamphlets through the post other than in sealed envelopes?

The Postmaster-General (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

I am aware that booklets relating to these matters are sent through the post in open envelopes and that complaints occasionally arise. The transmission through the post, whether in open or sealed packets, of booklets couched in indecent or obscene terms is already prohibited and any new booklet brought under notice in this connection is examined, in case restrictive action may be necessary. The adoption of the suggestion in the last part of the Question would require legislation.

Sir J. Lucas

Has my right hon. Friend taken specific action in the case that I sent to him last week, which was drawn to my attention by the workers themselves?

Mr. Morrison

The case which my hon. and gallant Friend has sent to me is now under consideration.

Mr. Denville

Cannot we put a stop to pamphlets during the war, as was done during the last war, in order to save paper?