HC Deb 13 May 1948 vol 450 cc233-4W
44. Mr. Piratin

asked the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has for increasing the import of raw material for the manufacture of paper in Britain; and whether he will give an undertaking not to import newsprint from the U.S.A.

Mr. H. Wilson

Special consideration is given to the question of supplies of paper-making materials in any trade discussions which take place with supplying countries, and we are in constant touch with individual overseas suppliers with a view to obtaining the maximum quantities which are available. The United States is a large net importer of newsprint, and no question of import from that country is likely to arise. The question whether E.R.P. dollars will be available for assisting with the purchase of supplies contracted for in Canada and Newfoundland will fall to be discussed with the Administrator.