HC Deb 26 November 1914 vol 68 cc1338-9W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, if he is aware of the fact that many Press photographers in this country are finding their means of livelihood endangered by the present military restrictions; that in many districts they are not permitted to take photographs of scenes of every-day life in the training camps of the New Army, the publication of which would be an invaluable stimulus to recruiting; and whether he can see his way to facilitate the issue of permits by the War Office to bonâ fide staff photographers on newspapers and news agencies, on the condition that such permits shall leave ample discretion with the local commanders, and that all photographs taken shall pass the censorship before publication?


Local military authorities have a certain discretion in this matter, but it must be remembered that they are very much engaged in the urgent work of training their troops, and it is not considered advisable to encourage further demands on their time and energies such as would be involved in the work of arranging for the facilities for photographers and in the very necessary examination of the pictures taken. A system of permits which was instituted by the War Office was not successful and was abandoned.