HC Deb 05 June 1940 vol 361 cc843-4
34. Mr. Silkin

asked the Minister of Supply whether, with a view to conserving the supply of paper and discouraging unnecessary expenditure, he will prohibit the use of posters for advertising purposes?

The Minister of Supply (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

Restriction on the use of posters came into operation on 27th May.

Mr. Silkin

Does this apply generally to posters, or only to special kinds of posters?

Mr. Morrison

It applies to advertising posters as well, although we are permitting them to use up their existing stocks.

Mr. Davidson

Does the right hon. Gentleman believe in the use of posters for publicity?

Mr. Levy

Is not this industry of great national service, particularly in these times, and is it wise to make this restriction, in view of the fact that it is essential that various matters should be given publicity, as the right hon. Gentleman very well knows?

Mr. Morrison

I should be the very last to under-estimate the value of poster publicity, but, in view of the considerable paper shortage that exists, all these things are relative, and I really thought that this was a legitimate field of restriction.