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Victoria Cross (Newspaper Announcements)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 2 June 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can explain the circumstances in which the decision to confer the Victoria Cross upon Wing-Commander G. P. Gibson, D.S.O., D.F.C., was known to the "Daily Telegraph," the "Daily Herald," the "Daily Express" and the "News Chronicle" a day before the official announcement was made?

The official announcement of this award was deferred in order that other awards in connection with the "dam" operations could be published at the same time. Meanwhile a reporter saw Wing-Commander Gibson with the V.C. ribbon, which he was then entitled to wear as the award had been approved, and passed the news to the Press Association.

Is it not the case that the "Daily Worker" was one of the papers that respected the request not to publish this information?