HC Deb 07 November 1950 vol 480 c40W
88. Mr. M. Lindsay

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the shortage of raw materials for the packing industry, and in particular of chipboard, folding box board and solid and corrugated fibreboard; and what action he proposes to take.

Mr. Bottomley

Yes. In the case of solid and corrugated fibreboard, a considerable expenditure of dollars has already been authorised for the import of the appropriate raw materials, but owing to the pressure of demand in North America only limited quantities appear to be available. As regards other types of board, the production of which depends to a large extent on waste-paper, we are urging local authorities to take full advantage of the salvage scheme which the mills are now preparing. This will offer guaranteed outlets and a minimum price for their collections until the end of 1951 and will, it is hoped, provide the extra quantities of raw materials required.