HC Deb 05 May 1949 vol 464 c1187
5. Mr. John Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the Newsprint Rationing Committee are still deliberating regarding the allocation of newsprint to those papers which have changed their selling price since the 1st January, 1947; and, in view of the fact that this is causing hindrance and inconvenience to proprietors of the smaller provincial newspapers, when a decision will be made on this matter.

Mr. H. Wilson

Yes, Sir. I understand that the Board of the Newsprint Company will be making a recommendation on this matter shortly.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

Can the President of the Board of Trade assure the House that supplies of newsprint in Lancashire are adequate for the full reporting of the speeches of both hon. Members for Bolton in yesterday's Debate?

Mr. Wilson

I think that is another question, but I would be glad to look into it.

Mr. Lewis

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the paper concerned in this matter, the "Bolton Standard," is a Conservative newspaper, and that, having regard to the observations of the hon. and gallant Gentleman, who is a Conservative, I do not think what he said will help them in their struggle in this matter?