HC Deb 25 November 1947 vol 444 c1781
33. Mr. Symonds

asked the Secretary of State for War why letters sent by British subjects, resident in this country, to German prisoners of war in camps in this country are subject to censorship.

Mr. Shinwell

It is not always possible to determine whether an incoming letter is from a British subject resident in this country and some degree of censorship of incoming prisoner of war mail is necessary for disciplinary and control purposes.

Mr. Symonds

As the prisoners now have the use of sterling, can use the ordinary postal facilities and, if necessary, accommodation addresses, is not a continuance of this practice a complete farce?

Mr. Shinwell

No, and I would say that that suggestion rather provokes me to suggest further action.

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