§ Mr. Price
asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the Education Committee of the Gloucestershire County Council have been notified that their paper items are going to cost 60 per cent. more than in the previous year; and 1239W whether he can give any reasons for this large increase in price.
§ Mr. Burgin
The maximum prices of paper were substantially increased on 27th October by the Control of Paper (No. 5) Order on account of the increased cost of production. This is mainly attributable to the higher cost of imported paper-making materials, due to increased charges for freight, war risk, etc. The new maximum prices are, however, substantially less than 60 per cent. above the old, and if in any case it is alleged that the new maximum prices are being exceeded, I shall be glad to have particulars.