HC Deb 09 July 1953 vol 517 cc1478-9
40. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities are given to persons convicted of murder to write articles for the Press.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

None, Sir.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Does not the Minister think that some reconsideration should be given to all these arrangements? Does not he think that this arrangement between the legal profession and the Press for the exploitation of murder has gone to the extent of constituting an offence against social morality? Does not he think that this regular exhibition, this exploitation of murder, has made a section of the British Press earn the reputation of being the worst Press in the world, and has not the time come when there should be an investigation?

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

I can only say that no facilities are provided and that the implications contained in the supplementary question of the hon. Member are not a matter for me.