§ Mr. Isaacs
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he is aware of the danger to the industry producing food containers of the increasing shortage of raw material; that licences are issued for quantities that are not available and, in consequence, many available export orders are being held up; and, as tin containers are no longer available and have to be replaced by cardboard and the demand for containers has increased, due to the wider distribution of the population arising from evacuation, will he now consider the creation of a separate department of paper salvage under a controller with power to pay for the collection of materials?
§ Mr. Harold Macmillan
I am aware that owing to the increased demand for containers their use has to be restricted and that, owing to the shortage of material, mills have found difficulty in supplying all the cardboard for containers for which they have obtained licences. Every effort is being made to increase the collection of waste paper and to direct it to the most important uses, and the hon. Member's suggestions will be considered.