HC Deb 07 July 1961 vol 643 c169W
Mr. McAdden

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the urgent need to promote exports, what action is being taken to secure the adoption throughout British industry of the international standard paper sizes, and particularly of the A.4 size for trade literature.

Mr. Maudling

I am advised that there are some important export markets in which it is not customary to use the sizes which my hon. Friend mentions. Individual firms must therefore be left to decide what size will best meet their particular needs, but I believe that the importance of suiting the overseas customer's convenience in this respect is increasingly recognised.

The great majority of Government Departments are, as they use up stocks, already adopting the new standard sizes for their correspondence.