§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Douglas Jay)
Out of a collection of nearly 70,000 manuscripts, 14 volumes and odd leaves from 11 other volumes are reserved, in the sense that some restriction is placed by the Trustees on their use by students. In addition, there are about 40 cases in which they must reserve a manuscript for a period in order to comply with a condition subject to which the manuscript was given and accepted. These figures do not include certain manuscripts which the Trustees have been advised by a Government Department to reserve for a period on grounds of public interest. The numbers of such manuscripts, and of other articles reserved from public use, are not readily available.
§ Mr. Speaker
The Question was not whether they were breaking the law, but only how many documents were reserved.
§ Mr. Marlowe
The hon. Gentleman referred to some documents being reserved, on advice from the Government, in the public interest. Can he explain on what grounds this form of censorship takes place?
§ 75. Mr. Wyatt
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why Ashley MS. 1755, letters by Simian Solomon, Ashley MS. 5081, letters from A. C. Swinburne to C. A. Howell, Ashley MS. 5256, a poem by A. C. Swinburne, Ashley MSS. 5271, 5751, A4395, A4406, and B4436b, verses, A4464b, letter from A. C. Swinburne to T. Watts-Dunton, are now reserved from public use although they were freely available for inspection from the time of their purchase before the war until 1948.