HC Deb 11 June 1940 vol 361 c1136
62. Sir J. Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that some firms in the fur trade, not trading in their own names, are still breaking the Control of Paper Order (No. 16), dated the 25th May, by sending by post in great numbers illustrated catalogues in book form, thereby not only defeating the effort to control paper but tempting potential buyers to invest money in furs which might otherwise be invested in Defence Bonds or War Certificates; and will he take steps to stop this practice?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

If my hon. Friend will give me particulars of the firms and circulars to which he refers, I will have the cases investigated. I would remind him, however, that the Control of Paper (No. 16) Order permits the distribution of advertising circulars printed before 27th May if they do not exceed the weight of those distributed in the corresponding three months of last year. Circulars printed after 27th May only be distributed up to one-third of that weight.