HC Deb 22 October 1941 vol 374 cc1765-6
21. Mr. Lipson

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will explain why publication was not permitted by the censor in Palestine of a Question relating to the attitude of His Majesty's Government to the policy of the Balfour Declaration asked by the honourable Member for Cheltenham on 30th July, and of the Prime Minister's reply; will he say if the objection was to the Prime Minister's answer or the honourable Member's Question or both; and will he take steps to see that the ban on publica- tion in Palestine of this Question and answer is removed?

Mr. George Hall

I have no information regarding the matter raised in this Question, but my noble Friend will address an inquiry to the High Commissioner for Palestine.

Mr. Lipson

Will my hon. Friend find out if this was a political or military censorship, and will he make it perfectly clear to the censor in Palestine that His Majesty's Government intend that the policy of the Balfour Declaration shall be implemented?

Mr. Hall

I must await the result of the inquiry before I can commit myself in any way.