HC Deb 19 February 1920 vol 125 cc1088-9W

asked the Home Secretary, whether the postal censorship has been completely abolished; and, if not, in what form it still exists?


asked the Secretary of State for War, if he is aware that letters to the Berlin correspondent of the "Daily Herald" are still being opened by the British military censor; and whether this censorship applies to all letters going to Germany or merely to correspondents of labour papers?


The postal censorship as established during the War has been entirely abolished, but I retain the power which has always belonged to the Home Secretary of directing the opening of letters, and this power has been exercised-with regard to certain correspondence to and from Germany and Soviet Russia. I cannot make any statement as to particular cases in which letters have been opened, but I can assure the hon. Members that the correspondents of labour newspapers as such are not subject to any special censorship.