§ 78. Mr. G. Jeger
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the shortage of paper liner for plasterboard is holding up the housing programme of local authorities; and what steps are being taken to increase supplies.
§ Mr. Bottomley
I am aware that the plasterboard industry, in common with other industries using paper and board, are having difficulty with supplies of liner, but not to the extent of causing a serious interruption in the housing programme. The liner manufacturers are handicapped at present by the shortage of waste paper, supplies of which should improve shortly as a result of the national salvage campaign. Meanwhile they have been asked to maintain supplies of plasterboard liner at a level sufficient for the essential requirements of the housing programme.