HC Deb 12 April 1945 vol 409 cc1980-1
62. Viscount Hinchinģbrooke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is being made for communication between residents in the Channel Islands and their relatives in this country to supersede the message service instituted through the Red Cross.

Mr. H. Morrison

When the Channel Islands were cut off from France last summer, the Red Cross postal message service was interrupted, but since the relief ship "Vega" began her voyages to the Islands in December last, His Majesty's Government have been making every effort to revive this service through the Red Cross. The German Government as the occupying Power have, however, stipulated that messages both to and from the Islands must be censored by them, and insist that censorship must be carried out not in the Islands, as we had hoped, but in Germany. Messages have accordingly to be transmitted via Geneva for censorship in Germany. I understand that the messages from this country so far sent to Geneva for such censorship have not vet reached the Islands.