HC Deb 27 October 1947 vol 443 c486
27. Mr. D. Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that delays of post from Germany amount to 21 days, owing to censorship; and will he rectify this matter.

Mr. Mayhew

No, Sir. Mail from Germany is not normally delayed by the censorship authorities for more than 48 hours. I am informed that the average time taken for letters to reach this country is 13 days.

Mr. Marshall

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that letters I have had differ in fact considerably from what he has said, and will he go into this matter if I give him details?

Mr. Mayhew

I am prepared to go into any case which the hon. Member sends me, provided he can give me the envelopes concerned.

Captain Crookshank

Why is it necessary to have a censorship at all in Germany?

Mr. Mayhew

The general question of censorship is under consideration, and it may be possible to make an announcement later.