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Letter Censorship

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the Minister of Information why, after the correspondence of a member of His Majesty's Forces has been duly censored at headquarters, it is necessary to have it censored again by the civilian censorship; and whether he will issue instructions that all such correspondence is exempt from a second censorship which causes delay in delivery?

My hon. Friend must be referring to letters censored by an officer in the senders' unit, some of which are subsequently re-examined by Service base censors. In some cases civilian examiners assist the base censors, but they do so on Service instructions. I will, therefore, bring my hon. Friend's suggestion to the notice of the Service Departments.