HC Deb 06 November 1940 vol 365 c1333
46. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Minister of Supply whether, in view of the abundant supplies of substitute esparto paper in Scotland, he will modify the restrictions imposed on the use of paper by Paper Order, No. 20, and otherwise, and thereby relieve the depression and unemployment in the printing trade in Scotland.

The Minister of Supply (Sir Andrew Duncan)

As I informed the right hon. and gallant Member for Northern Midlothian (Lieut.-Col. Colville) yesterday, the supplies of home-produced paper-making materials enable some of the restrictions on the use of paper made from those materials to be relaxed for a time. An Order for that purpose has been made and comes into force to-day.

Mr. Gibson

While I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply, which will give lively satisfaction in Scotland, will he take steps to encourage the alternative use of this substitute esparto paper?

Sir A. Duncan

That is the object of this Order.