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Royal Navy

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 17 March 1943

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Casualty Figures (Publication)

30.

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is prepared to reconsider his decision regarding the publication of casualty figures in view of the fact that losses of ships of the Royal Navy have already been revealed and that the United States Navy have published their casualty figures?

Why should the publication of our casualty figures help the enemy, whereas the publication of the American casualty figures does not?

The publication of these figures would enable the enemy to draw a more accurate picture of our manpower position, and it is not strictly accurate to say that the Americans have given the figures referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend.

Undelivered Letters And Telegrams

31.

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that every month more than 50,000 letters and telegrams for men in the Navy are undelivered on account of their being incorrectly addressed, he will consider arranging that the special sheet prepared by the Admiralty entitled "How to communicate with, and inquire about, men in the Royal Navy," which will be inserted in naval allotment and allowance order books, shall also be displayed in the principal post offices throughout the country?

Yes, Sir, I am considering my hon. Friend's suggestion in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Postmaster-General.