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Ministry Of Supply

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 12 May 1943

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Trade Advertisements (Circulars)

52.

asked the Minister of Supply why it is considered necessary to allow paper to be used for sending out circulars asking people to spend money on goods and services which they would not otherwise have demanded?

The gratuitous distribution of advertising circulars relating to the sale of goods or to any profession, trade or business is in general prohibited by the Control of Paper (No. 48) Order.

Is the Minister not aware that Members of Parliament, among others, receive numerous such circulars? How can he say that this prohibition is effective?

I am not aware of the circulars so described in the question, but if the hon. Member will give me any particulars, I shall be glad to look into the matter.

Industrial Undertakings (Authorised Controllers)

53.

asked the Minister of Supply the number of industrial undertakings predominantly working for his Department to which, as competent authority, he has appointed an official controller?

Authorised controllers have from time to time been appointed by the Minister of Supply to 17 undertakings in all, but in 15 of the cases the Control Order has been revoked, so that there are now only two firms with authorised controllers.

Does the Minister consider that production will be doubled through taking action of this character?

Anti-Diphtheria Immunisation Posters

54.

asked the Minister of Supply the conditions under which paper was supplied to the British Union for Abolition of Vivisection for the purpose of attacking on large placards throughout the country the Government's diphtheria immunisation campaign; and what is the quantity involved?

I have been unable to trace that any paper has been licensed specifically for these placards, but I am making further inquiries into the matter.

Can we be assured that no penalty will be attached to this body because they hold certain opinions?

I have already explained on a number of occasions that the Ministry of Supply do not apply censorship of any kind.

But does not the Minister think that a rather excessive amount of paper is being used for the purpose of attacking the war-time policy of the Government and the health of the nation?

Will my right hon. Friend bear in Blind that bodies like the Oxford University Press have no paper for essential printing while this sort of thing is going on?

Is not a rather excessive amount of paper being allowed for the Government's bogus campaign on immunisation?