HC Deb 29 June 1944 vol 401 cc787-8
38. Dr. Little

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, under the changed conditions now prevailing and in the public interest, he will fix an early date for the removal of the travel ban between Great Britain and Ireland and the restoration of telephonic communication.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

As my hon. Friend is aware, the restrictions in question were imposed for military reasons, and I am not at present in a position to make any statement.

Dr. Little

Does my right hon. Friend recognise how urgent this matter has become to thousands of people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and in view of this, will he, having due regard to public security, remove the ban on travel and telephones at the earliest possible moment?

Mr. Morrison

I can only ask my hon. Friend to subordinate his local considerations to his undoubted loyal sentiments, and to the security of the State.