HC Deb 25 January 1940 vol 356 cc813-4W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information whether it was on his instructions that all the newspapers, in publishing the story of Nazi cruelty to British seamen on board the German tanker which acted as supply and prison ship for the German pocket battleship "Graf Spee," omitted the name of such tanker in all cases; and whether he will consider that, in view of this gross cruelty, the names both of the captain and of the vessel could be issued for future guidance?

Sir E. Griģģ

No, Sir. As the House is aware, the issue of news is no longer the responsibility of the Ministry of Information. This particular item of news was issued by the Admiralty.

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