HC Deb 14 August 1916 vol 85 c1431W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that the Irish Censor failed to notify newspaper proprietors of the decision to prevent newspapers being sent to America, and that in consequence considerable loss was sustained in newspapers and stamps; whether compensation will be given for such losses; and whether the British Censor has decided to prevent British newspapers from being sent to the United States?


Newspaper proprietors in Ireland were notified in the same manner as newspaper proprietors in the rest of the United Kingdom of the intention to exercise stricter control over the dispatch of printed matter to certain parts of America. The notification was made through the Press Bureau, which is the best medium available for such announcements. Neither the published notice nor any individual communication from this Department contains anything to justify the assumption that it has been decided to prevent newspapers being sent to America, either from Ireland or from Great Britain. Whenever it is decided to stop the export of any particular periodical, wherever published, the proprietors are informed by letter of the decision.