HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 cc7-8
15. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the limitation placed on provincial newspapers which are unable to in crease their size, thereby excluding re ports of all new activities and even revived old activities; and, in order that the public may be fully informed on matters of international, national and local importance, he will make increased supplies of newsprint available for such purpose.

22. Mr. Leslie

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can hold out any hope of increasing the supply of paper to local weekly newspapers who fulfil a useful purpose in providing news of local interest in their respective districts.

Sir S. Cripps

I am well aware of the public importance, on the grounds stated in these Questions, of making increased supplies of newsprint available to the Press generally as soon as may be. But I am afraid that, for the present, it is not possible to increase the allocations.

Mr. Freeman

Can the Minister give any indication when it is likely to be available, since it is undoubtedly a denial if a free Press?

Sir S. Cripps

I cannot do so at the present time. It depends partly upon what happens as regards dollar loans and other matters.