HC Deb 29 November 1951 vol 494 cc1709-10
44. Mr. George Chetwynd

asked the Secretary for Overseas Trade as representing the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the Pulp and Paper Committee of the International Materials Conference has yet reached agreement about a general allocation of newsprint: and whether a further emergency allocation is under consideration to meet the shortage of newsprint.

The Secretary for Overseas Trade (Mr. Henry Hopkinson)

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." As regards the second part, the possibility of further allocations is now being considered.

Mr. Chetwynd

Can the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that present supplies are adequate to maintain the present level of national and local newspapers, and, in view of the fact that Parliament is soon to adjourn for two months, and that the Press will be the only source of comment upon Government activities or otherwise, would he not press for an emergency allocation immmediately, so that we can be informed on these great matters?

Mr. Hopkinson

I think I can give the assurance for which the hon. Member asks. I do not think there is any need for an emergency allocation.