HC Deb 03 August 1943 vol 391 c2072
29. Captain Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for War why, on Sunday, 25th July, in connection with operations in Sicily, special mention was made of the exploits of the Seaforth Highlanders alone and not of other British regiments; and if he will discontinue the practice of piecemeal references to particular units?

Sir J. Grigg

The Commander-in-Chief decides when the name of a regiment can safely be released. Everyone appreciates the disadvantage of the present practice of releasing the names of individual regiments piecemeal as and when security permits but this policy is, I believe, generally considered preferable to the only other alternative, which is to withhold the mention of all regiments for a long period, perhaps even until the end of the campaign.

Captain Gammans

Could my right hon. Friend say why it was safe to release the name of this one regiment and not of any other regiment?

Sir J. Grigg

Because, I imagine, the Commander-in-Chief thought so.