HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 c1858
22. Mr. Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies for what reason the Governor of Jamaica has prohibited local newspapers from publishing a second edition daily even though the total allocation of newsprint is not thereby exceeded, especially in view of the fact that Government announcements are normally made at 5 p.m.

Mr. Rees-Williams

My right hon. Friend has no information on this point which, as a matter of internal administration, is one for the Jamaica Executive Council under the Island's constitution.

Mr. Gammans

Does the hon. Gentleman support an order under which there is a clear differentiation between one newspaper and another which prevents a certain newspaper from publishing a late edition at all?

Mr. Rees-Williams

These matters of detail are for the Jamaica Government. We cannot interfere in every detail of what they are doing.

Mr. Osborne

Will the hon. Gentleman look at the matter again? When I was in Jamaica six months ago there was some local feeling that the Governor was using his official position against these newspapers because he had a personal grudge against them.

Mr. Rees-Williams

I cannot possibly accept any such suggestion.

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