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Detainees (Letters To Members Of Parliament)

Volume 389: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether letters from 18B detainees to Members of Parliament are subject to any censorship other than on security grounds; and whether note is taken of their contents for reference when the cases of such detainees come up for review?

All letters from persons under detention are examined before being despatched, and there have been—as I have informed the House—some exceptional cases where letters to M.Ps. have been referred to me for instructions before being sent on. Whether there has been a case in which the contents of such a letter have been thought to be relevant to a review of the writer's case I could not say without lengthy research, but if the hon. Member has some particular case in mind I shall be glad on receipt of particulars to look into it.