HC Deb 21 February 1955 vol 537 c874
37. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware that, in the Italian Press, details have been given on a new rocket-propelled interceptor, with Mach speeds of operational heights quoted; and what representations he has made about these breaches of British security regulations.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

No, Sir. I have been unable to trace the Press report to which the hon. Members refers, but if he will let me have details I will make inquiries.

Mr. Beswick

I will certainly send the Minister details, but is he aware that even if he cannot trace this particular case, there are a good many instances of information being circulated in the foreign Press when that information is denied to the British public in responsible British journals at home; and is the right hon. and learned Gentleman satisfied that present Press security regulations are working satisfactorily?

Mr. Lloyd

This Question refers to an Italian paper, but I agree that there are a number of speculative and often inaccurate reports in the foreign Press about what is happening in this country.