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Waste-Paper Salvage

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production whether, in view of the fact that waste-paper salvage has considerably fallen off since VE-Day and in order to avoid importing raw material, he will, in consultation with other Ministers, broadcast appeals to remind the public of the continued necessity to save waste paper and for merchants and local authorities to collect it.

May I hope the hon. Member was listening to the Home Service around 6 o'clock last Friday?

May I say that this question was put down before that broadcast, which was no doubt due to my representation; and may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if, in view of the vital necessity of reducing our imports, he will persistently encourage the saving of waste paper?

Certainly, Sir. I was, of course, greatly encouraged by the hon. Member's Question.

Is the right hon. Gentleman taking into consultation the other Members of this House so as to secure from them the pamphlets and various forms of written matter which come from every type of community in this country?

As many Members of the House were in railway trains en route to their constituencies at the time stated by the Minister, could he circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a rather more informative reply to the original question?

I shall be very pleased to send the hon. and gallant Member a copy of the broadcast, if he is so good as to think that desirable, or, of course, to any other hon. Member who would wish it.