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Trinidad (Censorship Of Books)

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that publications of Low's cartoons, "Europe since Versailles" and "Must the War Spread?" by the hon. Member for North Hammersmith (Mr. Pritt), have recently been confiscated in Trinidad; and whether he will give reasons for this course, and prevent a repetition of the same?

I have been asked to reply. As far as my right hon. Friend is aware no books or pamphlets published in the United Kingdom have been banned in Trinidad since the outbreak of war. My right hon. Friend understands, however, that a shipment of books, which included those referred to by the hon. Member, was recently detained for examination by the local censor and subsequently released to the bookseller.

I take it that the Minister agrees that the situation in Trinidad is not too humorous to permit Low's cartoons going there?