20 DECEMBER 1940, Page 13


SIR,—About a fortnight ago it was given out over the wireless that persons other than parents could send out parcels of food, &c., to prisoners of war independently of the Red Cross, and that full information could be obtained at any Head Post 'Office. I enquired at our Head Post Office and the news was confirmed, the parcels not to exceed 15 lbs. So we sent one off to our nephew. It was accepted, post free, and I presume it was despatched. This evening, over the wireless, we were told that it was a criminal offence under the Trading with the Enemy Act to send out a parcel other than through the Red Cross.

Doubtless many other listeners heard both broadcasts, and probably we are not the only criminals. But when I stand in the dock (if I am charged) I hope my fellow accused will not be other relatives who followed the advice of the broadcaster, but that gentleman him- self. It is amazing that such a volte face should be possible, and that the B.B.C. should have the effrontery to make the second announce- ment without even attempting to explain (let alone apologise for) the

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