HC Deb 15 December 1949 vol 470 c2889
8. Mr. Eric Fletcher

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to fix a date at which the present restrictions on magazines and periodicals will be removed.

Mr. H. Wilson

As from 1st March next, existing magazines and periodicals will no longer be limited for their home sales to a percentage of their pre-war consumption of paper, but will be allowed to use all the paper they can obtain. The restrictions on new publications will also be withdrawn.

Mr. Fletcher

May I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, which I am sure will be very generally welcomed?

Mr. Kenneth Lindsay

Will it now not be necessary for magazines to try to arrange for publication abroad, which has caused great inconvenience both to the right hon. Gentleman's Department and elsewhere?

Mr. Wilson

We shall certainly welcome all the efforts which they are able to make to export copies of what is produced, but there will now be no question of any necessity to publish abroad.

Mr. Assheton

Does the right hon. Gentleman's statement cover newspaper*?

Mr. Wilson

It covers what it says, periodicals and magazines, not newspapers.

Mr. Francis Noel-Baker

Will the restriction on the amount of paper permitted to be allocated to advertising be removed at the same time?

Mr. Wilson

I should require notice of that question.