HC Deb 19 March 1941 vol 370 cc144-5
19. Mr. Price

asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been drawn to the refusal of Sir Walter Citrine to broadcast on account of the censorship of part of his statement by the British Broadcasting Corporation; and whether, in view of the importance of Sir Walter's visit to the United States of America, he will take steps to see that his views are given adequate publicity?

The Minister of Information (Mr. Duff Cooper)

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 13th March.

Mr. Price

Was there any further discussion in this matter with Sir Walter, in view of its importance to America? Can nothing he done about it?

Mr. Cooper

No, Sir. There was nothing further to discuss. As the House is already aware, there was in Sir Walter's broadcast a passage which came under the Defence Regulations, and it had therefore to be cut out.

Mr. Cocks

What is this subject which nobody is allowed to mention?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the Minister look into the way in which this matter was dealt with?

Mr. Cooper

It was dealt with in the only possible way. The situation was very properly explained to Sir Walter, and I think he understood that he could not expect to enjoy privileges which were denied to the Press and to others.

Mr. Mander

Was not the subject in the Question already well known in America?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the Minister discuss it with Sir Walter himself?