HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 c836
13. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Postmaster-General how many letters in transit have been opened by, or with the connivance of, his Department since 1st January, 1948.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. Wilfred Paling)

The information desired is not available and, if it were, publication would not be in the public interest.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why it would not be in the public interest to reveal the extent to which he has interfered with mail entrusted by the public to his charge?

Mr. Paling

The public interest would not be served by helping potential wrongdoers to assess their chances of escaping detection.