HC Deb 20 December 1916 vol 88 cc1467-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that Government Departments, including the Board of Trade, have been using sheets of foolscap paper and envelopes of foolscap size for short communications for which small sheets of paper and small envelopes would amply suffice; and if, in view of the shortage of paper and of the importance of the Government setting a good example in general economy, he will endeavour to put an end to such extravagance?


So far as the Board of Trade is concerned, paper of quarto and octavo size is in general use, and every effort is made to promote economy. Foolscap paper and envelopes have been used only from old stocks not yet exhausted. I am not able to speak generally for other Government Departments, but I am informed by the Stationery Office that there has been a large reduction in the supply of foolscap paper and envelopes.


Will the hon. Gentleman allow me to send him the stationery which in the last few days I have received from the Board of Trade?