HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 cc588-9W
Mr. Mander

asked the Home Secretary the number of occasions during the war when articles by, or reports of speeches by, Members of this House have been censored in the British Press by the Government?

Sir J. Anderson

Apart from the exceptional case dealt with in the reply which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister gave to a Question by the hon. Member on 21st February, I know of no occasion on which any question has arisen about a speech or article by a Member of Parliament, but no complete record is kept of the action taken from day to day by the censors in dealing with the multifarious documents which are voluntarily submitted to them, and it is impossible to say with certainty that the censors have never had occasion to take action on something said or written by a Member of Parliament.

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