HC Deb 15 December 1943 vol 395 cc1558-9W
Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Minister of Information whether he has devised new censorship arrangements which will pre- vent a recurrence of the circumstances in which news about the Cairo Conference was issued in one Allied country before the agreed date of release through an uncensored dispatch transmitted from a news agency in a neutral country?

Mr. Thurtle

The matter is being considered, but I must make it clear that in general no question of censorship arises in such cases. News available in neutral capitals can be and is transmitted by various channels, including radio, to all parts of the world, including enemy territory. Reports of this kind from neutral centres are of a quite different character from the actual issue of official statements at an agreed time in the Allied countries concerned.