HC Deb 18 February 1942 vol 377 cc1794-5
49. Sir S. Reed

asked the Minister of Supply whether, in view of the issue of 68,902 tons of cigarette and tobacco boards by the Paper Control between 2nd June, 1940, and 29th November, 1941, and the shortage of board and paper material, he will consider taking more active steps to encourage the sale of tobacco and cigarettes loose instead of in packets?

Sir A. Duncan

At present ever 20 per cent. of the cigarettes distributed in the United Kingdom are packed in bulk, and every effort is being made in conjunction with the Board of Trade to promote further economies in the use of paper and board for tobacco and cigarettes.

Sir S. Reed

Is the Minister aware that it has taken more than 24 months for steps to be taken to conserve our stocks of board?

Sir A. Duncan

No, Sir, I am not aware of that.