HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 c222W
Captain Plugge

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware of the complaints which have been made by passengers on neutral vessels detained for examination in British contraband control bases that they have been unable to get a supply of British newspapers; and whether, in view of the desirability of making British newspapers as freely as possible available to all potential neutral readers, he will co-operate with the Ministry of Economic Warfare in arranging a supply of up-to-date British newspapers to all neutral vessels waiting in contraband control bases?

Sir J. Reith

I am obliged to my hon. and gallant Friend for calling my attention to this matter. Immediate steps have been taken to ensure that with the co-operation of the Admiralty, neutral ships at British contraband control bases will receive a free supply of up-to-date British newspapers beginning on Monday, 4th March.