HC Deb 19 February 1917 vol 90 c996W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Board can see their way to publish some of the dispatches from admirals which have for long remained secret, especially from those on foreign stations, having in view the public interest in the matter and the encouragement public approval gives to men performing arduous duties?


The answer to this question depends on what my hon. and gallant Friend means by "dispatches." Dispatches dealing with the major naval operations of the War are published from time to time, but it would not be in the public interests to treat in the same manner secret letters which are sent by the Commanders-in-Chief to the Admiralty, as they necessarily contain information which would be of much value to the enemy.