§ 70. Sir C. Edwards
asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that in the news broadcast from Germany every evening extracts are quoted from the British Press with reference to the success of the German U-boats and its serious effect on this country; and whether, as this is a direct encouragement to the Germans to concentrate on this work, he will take steps to forbid reports of this kind in future?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information (Mr. Thurtle)
The Press in this country is free to express its opinions and warnings on a subject of great public importance, such as the U-boat campaign, and my right hon. Friend could not forbid this, even if he wanted to. You cannot have free discussion on such matters without running the risk of affording some consolation to the German propagandist.