§ 9. Sir Geoffrey Shakespeare
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will consult the Minister of Supply with a view to securing a further release of paper for the printing of educational books used in schools.
§ The President of the Board of Education (Mr. Butler)
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Tonbridge (Sir A. Baillie) on 4th November last, a copy of which I am sending him, to which at present I am not in a position to add anything. My hon. Friend may rest assured that the matter is being kept carefully under review.
§ Mr. Kenneth Lindsay
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the effect of fixing the paper ration by weight operates against school books, first, because it is impossible to use smaller type and margins in school books which are severely economical in peace-time; secondly, because the books are, largely, reprints and the type is fixed in plates, and, thirdly, because it pays a publisher to produce new 8s. 6d. popular books; and will he therefore reconsider the matter?
§ Mr. Butler
We do our best for school books. There is a great shortage of paper, but I will bear in mind the obviously informed opinion that the hon. Gentleman has given to the House and will do my best.
§ Mr. N. Maclean
Why is it, if there is such a shortage of paper, that very shoddy novels are allowed to be issued?