HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 c1150
19. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is now in a position to make a statement regarding telecommunications for business purposes to and from Germany.

Mr. J. Hynd

Quadripartite agreement has now been reached on the provision of international telephone and telegraph communications with Germany, and the date of opening will be announced as soon as the administrative details have been worked out. Business communications will initially have to be confined to the exchange of information but the question of extending the service to permit the closing of business transactions is under urgent examination.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Would the hon. Gentleman say who is to decide the nature of the communications; will there be a censorship?

Mr. Hynd

All communications to and from Germany are subject to censorship.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

And still will be under this arrangement?