HC Deb 17 May 1944 vol 400 cc177-8
46. Mr. T. J. Brooks

asked the Minister of Production what increased allocation of newsprint has been allowed to newspapers during the last 12 months; and what increase of paper has been allocated for wrapping food during the last 12 months.

The Minister of Production (Mr. Lyttelton)

The allocation of newsprint to newspapers was increased by approximately 11½ per cent. from 27th September, 1943. There has been a decline since October, 1943, of 8 per cent. in the allocations of paper and board which are specifically made for food wrappings.

Mr. Brooks

Could the Minister tell us whether there is a sufficient supply of paper for shops, as it is very inconvenient for people to have to take home unwrapped goods? There is a great shortage of paper, and what there is, is of very poor quality.

Mr. Lyttelton

I can only say that we have had no serious complaint upon the subject.

Mr. Shinwell

Could not the Government issue fewer White Papers?

Mr. Bowles

Can the Minister say whether all the increase of 11½ per cent. in newsprint allocation has been taken up by the newspapers?

Mr. Lyttelton

Virtually, all.

Mr. A. Edwards

Are we to take it that if the Minister does receive serious complaints, he will respond to these requests?

Mr. Lyttelton

I can only respond within the limits of my ability. I would remind the hon. Gentleman that very often the weekly haddock goes home wrapped up in a leading article.

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

Does not the Minister think it preferable that butchers' meat should be wrapped in white paper, instead of in old newspapers which are collected weekly from customers?

Mr. Lyttelton

It is preferable, and we are doing all we can in the matter.

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