HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 cc864-5
31. Mr. Liddall

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production how many copies have been issued of the poster entitled "Victory Delayed," which has been sent out to many firms engaged in war production; the weight of paper used for the production of this poster, including therein the weight of envelopes, which were twice the size necessary for sending the poster by post; and will he state the total expenditure involved?

The Minister of Aircraft Production (Sir Stafford Cripps)

Nearly 42,000 copies of this poster have been issued on behalf of all the Supply Departments to firms and Government Departments. The weight of paper used in the production of the posters and envelopes is about 4¼ tons and the total expenditure £530. The hon. Member will be glad to hear that as a result of the special campaign originated by the Fire Offices Committee of which this poster was an important part, the number of fires reported in all supply departments factories has decreased by 40 per cent. in the last few months.

Mr. Liddall

Does the right hon. and learned Baronet not consider the same results would have been achieved with a more economical use of paper?

Sir S. Cripps

The opinion generally expressed is that the poster has contributed very largely to the results.

Sir H. Williams

Is that because the envelopes are twice as large as necessary?

Sir S. Cripps

They are not twice as large as necessary, but we wished to have as few folds in the poster as possible, to make it presentable in the factories.