HC Deb 11 April 1918 vol 104 cc1659-60W
Major HUNT

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in 1915 or 1916, any special directions were given by the Director of the Trade Division of the Admiralty, or by any subordinate member of the Trade Division of the Admiralty, instructing the Chief Censor to grant priority m cabling to any firms; and, if so, will he give a list of the firms to whom the priority was thus granted, and the date on which the instructions to the Censor were sent?


The decision as to expediting the delivery or transmission of business cables rests finally with the War Office, which considers requests from the various Government Departments. On very many occasions since the commencement of the War, Departments of the Admiralty, including the Trade Division, have asked that cables sent by and to certain firms in the Government interest should be expedited. But, of course, any request of this kind would in every case be made on behalf of and with the authority of the head of the Division or Department concerned. It is obviously undesirable to give any list of such firms.