HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 cc1966-7
50. Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Supply whether he will take power to remove all metal and timber advertisement hoardings from the countryside so as to increase the supply of scrap and wood?

Sir A. Duncan

In conjunction with my Noble Friend the Minister of Works and Planning, inquiries are being made to ascertain whether any considerable quantity of serviceable material would be made available from these sources.

Major Lyons

Are not these hoardings very valuable for displaying Government announcements, encouraging war savings and other Government purposes?

Sir Joseph Lamb

Are not tons of metal being used for this purpose in advertising commodities which cannot be supplied in quantity?

Sir A. Duncan

That point forms part of the inquiry.

Sir Herbert Williams

Do not the newspapers publish a great many advertisements of people who cannot supply the goods advertised for the purpose of keeping their goodwill?

Captain Studholme

Would it not be a great public improvement if these hideous advertisement hoardings which disfigure the countryside were removed for ever?

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