HC Deb 20 May 1947 vol 437 cc2178-9
65. Major Bruce

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total paper tonnage allocated during the last 12 months to the organisers of the railway company and Road Haulage Association campaign against transport nationalisation for the purpose of this campaign; and whether he will grant a similar paper allocation to any non-governmental organisation or association wishing to reply to it.

Mr. Belcher

No paper has been licensed for this purpose.

Major Bruce

Could my right hon. Friend say where all this paper is coming from? Is he aware that hundreds of tons of paper are being wasted for this purpose at the present time; and will he make inquiries to see where the printers are getting the paper, when our provincial newspapers are in need of paper?

Mr. Belcher

The answer, of course, is that merchants and printers hold certain stocks which are not subject to licence, and if they care to sell them to the printers of these posters I cannot do anything about it.

Mr. Gallacher

Can the Parliamentary Secretary tell us how it comes about that there is so much paper available for publications of this kind, whereas it is impossible to get paper for the publication of a very important volume of the history of the Miners' Federation?

Mr. Kendall

As there seems to be plenty of paper available for all kinds of organisations, including the Secretary of State for War who has just got an additional four tons, will the hon. Gentleman see what can be done to give newspapers started since 1940 a chance of survival by modifying Paper Control Order No. 70?

Mr. Belcher

I am afraid that is an entirely different question. The original Question was about posters.