HC Deb 16 July 1941 vol 373 cc619-20W
Major Adams

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, with a view to economy, he proposes to introduce the sale of cigarettes loose and not in cardboard containers?

Captain Waterhouse

The quantity of cardboard available for packing cigarettes is being reduced from 1st September and I understand that this reduction will make it necessary for the manufacturers to pack a proportion of cigarettes in large boxes for sale loose. My hon. and gallant Friend will realise that existing machinery is designed only for packing in small cartons and that continuity of distribution must be maintained. Changes therefore will be gradual.