HC Deb 31 July 1931 vol 255 c2643W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that a resolution urging noninterference with correspondence while passing through the Cyprus post office was passed by the Legislative Council of Cyprus on 6th May and was published in the Cyprus papers of 10th May; and when the Government of Cyprus proposes to give effect to this resolution?


I am aware of the terms of the resolution to which the hon. Member refers, which were to the effect that the universally accepted principles of secrecy in correspondence should be established by law, and that any enactment to the contrary, especially Section 31 of the Post Office Law, 1881, should be repealed. The Governor stated that the Government fully accepted the principle that high regard should be placed on the secrecy and normal inviolability of correspondence, but could not agree to the repeal of the legislation in question. He promised that in applying the local law, due weight would be attached to the views expressed by the Members of the Council.