HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 c978
31. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for War why people who inquire about the location of a soldier's grave are told that the information supplied must not be communicated to anyone in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Shinwell

There is no ban on communicating to anyone in the United Kingdom information regarding the location of a soldier's grave when the information is supplied by the War Office. Where, however, as sometimes happens, the information is obtained direct from a graves service unit in the field, it is necessary, as final records have not been checked, that the information should be given with the reservation mentioned, to avoid the risk of mistakes pending official notification to the next-of-kin by the War Office.