§ 28. Mr. Mander
asked the Home Secretary what criticism or commentary has been issued through the Press and Censorship Bureau to the Press during the last three weeks, with reference to speeches made in this House by hon. Members; and on whose authority?
§ Sir J. Anderson
I have made inquiries and find that on one occasion during the last three weeks a statement commenting on a speech made in this House was issued unofficially through the Press and Censorship Bureau. On the following morning the matter was brought to the attention of the Director-General, who immediately took steps to prevent a recurrence of such a proceeding. It is fully recognised that it is not within the functions of the Press Bureau to comment on views expressed in this House, and I wish to express on behalf of the Bureau regret for their error.
§ Mr. Mander
In view of the fact that this statement, which referred to a Conservative Member of this House, was only issued through the Press and Censorship Bureau, can the right hon. Gentleman say which was the originating authority that issued the statement? Was it the War Office, or what other Department?