HC Deb 30 November 1939 vol 355 cc279-80W
Mr. W. R. Duckworth

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements exist for the operation of a Press censorship in the Colonies; and whether matter sent from this country to the Colonies and from the Colonies to this country has to be censored at both ends, or, if only at one end, and, in the latter case, at which end?

Mr. M. MacDonald

There is some censorship of the Press in almost all the Colonies, but the exact degree and method of censorship varies somewhat according to local necessities. Press matter sent from this country to the Colonies is censored in the United Kingdom. Representations have already been made to me on the question of double censorship and I am consulting with the other Departments concerned with a view to seeing what relaxation is practicable.

There is not at present any censorship in this country of Press matter received from the Colonies either by cable or mail, though I am informed that telegrams received by Press agencies, if connected with the war, are submitted for censorship before being issued by the agencies to their clients.