HC Deb 10 May 1951 vol 487 cc2141-2
24. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much extra newsprint he expects to have available as a result of the new British development for making pulp for newsprint from raw materials at present going to waste.

Sir H. Shawcross

If the hon. and gallant Member has production from sugar cane in mind, I would refer him to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leek (Mr. Harold Davies) on 3rd May. I should, of course, be glad to see any new and economic source of newsprint developed.

Wing Commander Bullus

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that on 24th April the President of the Newspaper Society spoke of a new source of development of which he had great hopes? Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman give the House any details of that new source, or can he tell us what is the present newsprint position in regard to newspapers?

Sir H. Shawcross

I am afraid that I have no information to give the House about the statement made by the President of the Newspaper Society, of which I am, of course, aware. At the moment I can only say that the newsprint situation is one of great difficulty and stringency.

Mr. Nally

In discussing whatever use may be made of newsprint accruing from new processes, will my right hon. and learned Friend make representations to the President of the Newspaper Society pointing out the undesirability of using newsprint for literary efforts like "The Passionate Poet" and columns of football pool permutation tips?

Mr. Crouch

Will the President of the Board of Trade give the necessary encouragement for the development of the new process in this country?

Sir H. Shawcross

I should like to have further information first about what really is the new process.