HC Deb 09 November 1943 vol 393 cc1078-9
45. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give instructions to all Departments to modify the present security regulations in order that there shall be no disparity in the volume of war news available to the public as between the United States and this country?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Churchill)

No, Sir. I do not think this is necessary.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that we have now arrived at a stage in the war in which the release of more detailed news from various fronts, including the home front, would not be of any practical use to the enemy?

The Prime Minister

We have arrived at a stage in the war where there are very large free Presses on both sides of the Atlantic which are fed on very full and vivid information from all the theatres of war. It is quite possible that some temporary discordance may from time to time make itself manifest, but I am not aware that there is any great evil here to be grappled with.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is not Hitler's only ally the hangman, and will my right hon. Friend reproduce as a Government paper his last speech proving it?

The Prime Minister

I do not quite see what that has to do with the Question on the Paper, but Hitler still has some other allies besides the one mentioned by my hon. and gallant Friend, on which no doubt he relies a great deal.