§ 32. Major Hugh Fraser
asked the President of the Board of Trade in view of his department's exhortations to the book trade to increase production for export and of his restitution of 65 percent. of their paper quota, what steps he is taking to increase their supply of book cloth from 50 percent. of their pre-war requirements.
§ Sir S. Cripps
I cannot take any such steps at the present time owing to the continuing shortage of cotton yarn.
§ Major Fraser
Is the Minister aware that there is likely to be something in the nature of a book famine in the middle of next year, especially in educational books, owing to the failure to release more cotton yarn for the book trade?