HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 cc233-4
42. Commander Bower

asked the Minister of Information to what extent restriction on publication of the reports of the Polish rising in Warsaw at the beginning of August was imposed by the Ministry of Information either by prohibition or request.

Mr. Thurtle

No restriction was imposed nor any request to this effect made by the Ministry of Information.

Commander Bower

Are we then to assume that by some peculiar feat of telepathy almost the entire Press of this country held up this extremely important information for several days?

Mr. Thurtle

I do not know what assumptions my hon. and gallant Friend makes, but it is the fact, as I say, that we have nothing at all to do with it. We did not impose any restrictions on its publication nor did we make any request to that effect.

Mr. Petherick

Has the Ministry of Information made no such representations to any of the Service Departments?

Mr. Thurtle

I am unable to speak for the Service Departments.