HC Deb 30 July 1941 vol 373 cc1378-9
4. Sir John Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the enforced closing down, at the instance of the Japanese authorities, of the only British news agencies in Hankow, namely, Reuters and the "Central China Post," will have the result that large areas of Central China will, in future, depend for news on Axis sources alone; and what action he is taking in the matter?

Mr. Eden

I appreciate the point to which my hon. Friend has drawn attention. A report has been called for, but has not yet been received. As soon as I have any further information, I will communicate with him.

Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman to consider very carefully whether there are no steps which could be taken to counteract the stoppage of all British news in Central China?

Mr. Eden

I entirely agree, and that is why I have asked for an inquiry.