HC Deb 01 November 1944 vol 404 cc787-8
30. Mr. Dermot Campbell

asked the Minister of Information how many leakages of information to Eire have been discovered as a result of censoring mail from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

Mr. Bracken

It would not be in the public interest to give details but there are good reasons for believing that serious leakages of information have been prevented by the existence of the Northern Ireland censorship. This is applied both ways because replies from Northern Ireland may provide evidence leading to the discovery of leakages in the outward mail.

Mr. Campbell

Would it be in the public interest for my right hon. Friend to give an assurance that this censorship is used only for stopping leakages of information, and is not used to disseminate to Government Departments any criticisms of those Departments?

Mr. Bracken

I do not think there is any necessity for the censorship to help in criticising Government Departments. There aye quite enough in the queue already.