§ 28. Sir Peter Macdonald
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether a decision has now been reached on the number of licences to be granted for the new chain of newspapers to be published by the Labour Party; and what considerations led to a decision to grant the licence in this connection to the "South-West Herald."
§ Mr. H. Wilson
No licences have been granted authorising the publication of the "South-West Herald," or of any newspaper by the Labour Party. Any person may, however, publish without licence a new newspaper or periodical, provided it uses not more than 8 cwts. in a four months' period.
§ Sir P. Macdonald
In view of the fact that most of the national papers of this country have been starved of newsprint for a long time, what justification is there for allowing new newspapers to be started at the present time?
§ Mr. Wilson
I was not aware that hon. Members opposite wanted me to operate a newspaper censorship. It has been the practice throughout the war, and for some time since, to allow small projects taking a small quantity of paper to go on.
§ Sir. P. Macdonald
Would the right hon. Gentleman apply that to other trades in the country which are not allowed to start up unless they operated before the war?
§ Mr. Marlowe
Would not the right hon. Gentleman be well advised to ensure an adequate newsprint supply for Socialist literature in Camlachie?