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asked the President of the Board of Trade the present position regarding the supply of films and plates for privately-owned cameras; and whether he will now release stocks of photographic materials for the benefit of the public.
Sir S. Cripps
Films and plates to the value of one half pre-war supplies can now be sold to the public. Surplus Government stocks are to a large extent unsuitable for ordinary public use, but arrangements have been made to release any materials that are suitable. It will be necessary to continue to restrict home supplies for some time to come since we must maintain and extend our export markets in these goods.