HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 cc1745-6
10. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for Air why "Target," the R.A.F. review of current affairs, bears a notification that its contents are not to be com- municated directly or indirectly to the Press or other unauthorised persons, since it contains nothing whose publication would infringe security; and if he will remove this restriction.

Sir A. Sinclair

This review is produced for the purpose of assisting discussion groups in the Royal Air Force and it is considered that restricted circulation best promotes the end in view. In case hon. Members should wish to acquaint themselves with the contents of the review I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Library.

Mr. Driberg

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I ask him to explain why it is considered that the restricted circulation promotes the desired end?

Sir A. Sinclair

Because we want to encourage absolutely free discussion, not led by articles in newspapers and without any fear of repercussions from outside.