HC Deb 20 November 1950 vol 481 cc34-5
62. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider proposing to the General Assembly of the United Nations that all newsprint of the free nations shall be pooled, so as to provide reasonable and equal facilities for the newspapers of all its members.

Mr. Ernest Davies

No. Sir.

Sir T. Moore

This is an extraordinary situation. Can the hon. Gentleman explain why Britain, which was so prominent in winning the late war, should now go short of newsprint while the very countries we helped to liberate have apparently an abundance? Is there any justification for that?

Mr. Davies

The Question asks whether this matter should be put to the General Assembly of the United Nations. We do not consider that the General Assembly is a suitable body before which this question should be put.

Sir T. Moore

What is the suitable body?