HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 c668W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Postmaster-General what is the approximate weight of paper used each year in the issue of telephone directories; and whether, in view of the need for economising in paper, he can arrange during the war period to cease to issue these directories at frequent intervals, and, as an alternative, to issue a half-yearly addendum and erratum list?

Major Tryon

In normal course the annual consumption of paper amounts to about 12,000 tons, the various sections of the telephone directories being issued twice a year. I have given careful consideration to the best means of economising in the use of paper, and have arranged for the directories to be issued yearly, as soon as those showing the alterations due to the recent movements of population have been issued. I think this is to be preferred to the issue of a half-yearly addendum and erratum list. Alterations are numerous; in London, for example, they normally amount to over 100,000 in the half-year, and at present of course they are much greater.