HC Deb 20 February 1951 vol 484 cc170-1W
77. Dr. Jeger

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the difficulty experienced by many reputable publishers and writers in obtaining paper for their businesses and its accumulation by speculators under present conditions, he will consider the reimposition of controls and rationing.

Mr. Rhodes

Within the framework of the voluntary priority scheme announced by my right hon. Friend during the debate on paper and boards on 24th November, the Publishers' Association have recently made an arrangement with the British Paper and Board Makers' Association for the prompt supply of paper to book publishers in cases of special difficulty or hardship. I should hope that these arrangements will render unnecessary the reimposition of control. I have had no evidence of the accumulation of paper by speculators.

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