HC Deb 17 December 1945 vol 417 c910
40. Mr. I. J. Pitman

asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantity of graph paper or other stationery has been imported from the U.S.A. since 30th May, 1945; how much such paper has been supplied for the use of Government departments; to what extent the necessity for this import has been caused by lack of supply of raw material or labour to manufacture in Britain; and whether he is taking action to ensure that the home producer will in future be put in a position to be able to supply all Government requirements

Sir S. Cripps

Small quantities of such paper, mostly of special types and to the value of about £250, have been so imported. Approximately half of these imports have been for Government use, and of types not produced in this country.

Mr. Pitman

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that the paper used at Rothampstead Experimental Station appears to be of recent foreign importation?

Sir S. Cripps

That may be part of the £125 worth which has been imported on Government account.