HC Deb 04 May 1950 vol 474 c237W
Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantities of newsprint he has licensed for use by the national daily newspapers, the provincial daily newspapers, the local newspapers and the periodical trade respectively at the latest convenient date; for what

(Figures in tons) (Figures in tons)
3rd July–5th November, 1949 6th November, 1949–4th March, 1950
Home produced Imported Home produced Imported
Newspapers 120,000 62,000 129,000 64,000
Periodicals 20,000 20,000

In the four weeks ending 12th February, 1950, the total newsprint consumed by newspapers was estimated to be shared in the following proportions:

National mornings and evenings 47.6 per cent.
Provincial mornings and evenings 24/"
Local and weekly newspapers 8/"
Sporting and Sunday newspapers 19/"

It is not possible to give complete figures for the current four-monthly period ending 1st July, 1950, as licensing is still in progress. It is hoped to maintain the current rate of allocations from home production during the second half of the year, but it is still too early to give a

1935 to 1938 1938 to 1946 1946 to 1949 March, 1949 to March, 1950
Percentage increases in average prices of industrial materials and manufactures (excluding coal) 14.5 76.6 36.0 6.9
Percentage increase in average price of coal 20.2 98.1 24.5 1.2

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