HC Deb 21 October 1953 vol 518 c1948
16. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will review the censorship regulations in Colonial Territories with a view to removing the censorship from all literature which does not directly incite to lawlessness.

Mr. Lyttelton

No, Sir. I am not prepared to interfere with the right, which Colonial Governments have long had, to decide what literature should be banned in their territories.

Mr. Grimond

While I am not asking the Minister to interfere in detail with Colonial Governments, will he not suggest that the banning of literature such as Marx's "Theory of Surplus Value," which can hardly incite to violence, will in the long run do nothing except give fuel for Communist propaganda?

Mr. Lyttelton

I quite agree that that particular publication to which the hon. Member refers is not very heady wine, but I think that it would be inappropriate for me to intervene.