HC Deb 18 June 1940 vol 362 cc45-6W
Mr. Oliver

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that street vendors of evening and Sunday news- papers are able to obtain considerable quantities of papers for casual sale, while retail newsagents are compelled to take strictly to order, and therefore are compelled to ask their customers to place orders several days ahead; and whether, in view of the restrictions having been imposed by reason of paper shortage, he will take steps to remove, or suggest the removal of, this unfair discrimination against the shopkeeping citizen?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

So far as the Sunday and London evening papers are concerned, I understand that the conditions regarding returns are the same for retail newsagents and street vendors, except in the case of a limited number of pointsmen in London for Sunday papers who are employed directly by the publishers. My right hon. Friend is, however, giving further consideration to the question Of returns.