HC Deb 03 August 1943 vol 391 c2078
67. Mr. Astor

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now make a statement regarding the restrictions on direct communication to relatives regarding men killed or wounded?

Sir J. Grigg

So far as I am aware, there are now no restrictions, other than those which are necessary to eliminate censorable detail from such communications, and the imposition of such delay as may be necessary to prevent unofficial messages reaching relatives in this country in advance of the official notification.

Mr. Astor

Could the right hon. Gentleman publish the new Orders, so that we may compare them with the old ones?

Sir J. Grigg

No, Sir. When I was in the Middle East I spoke to the Commander-in-Chief—I think the hon. Member had already been in communication with him—and I told him to make such alterations in the rules as he thought fit, and I do not think they have been sent home