HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 c2309
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.

Mr. Jeger

If I bring to my hon. Friend's attention any special cases in which housing programmes are being held up, will he take exceptional steps to see that they get supplies of plasterboard?

Mr. Bottomley

I will examine any case that is forwarded to me.