HC Deb 06 November 1940 vol 365 c1324
25. Mr. Ammon

asked the Minister of Information why a negative reply to a request submitted on 16th October by the Crystal Palace trustees for permission to issue a statement to the Press was not given until 23rd October?

Mr. Cooper

The inquiry did not reach the Ministry until 18th October. Another Department had to be consulted and was not able to give a decision immediately. Telephonic communication was interrupted at the time, and thus attempts to reach the author of the inquiry by telephone, as he had requested, were not immediately successful.