HC Deb 02 April 1957 vol 568 cc225-6
32. Mr. Braine

asked the Secretary of State for War what representations he has received concerning repeated delays in the arrival of both daily and Sunday newspapers in Cyprus; and what action he has taken.

Mr. J. Amery

My right hon. Friend has received no representations, but I understand that complaints have been received by the Services Central Book Depot. Both Service and civil supplies have recently been irregular because of the temporary withdrawal from service of the Viscount airliner. I understand that this aircraft is now fully operational and that delays have been overcome.

Mr. Braine

Yes, but is my hon. Friend aware that these delays and difficulties extended over a period of three to four vital weeks so far as the troops in Cyprus were concerned? Surely he can ensure that if a difficulty of this kind occurs in the future, emergency arrangements can be made?

Mr. Amery

As a regular reader of at least eight morning newspapers, I feel strong sympathy with my hon. Friend, but it would not be economic to have alternative aircraft standing by to deliver these newspapers.