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Volume 416: debated on Monday 19 November 1945

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many applications have been received by Departments from the paper industry. for release of personnel under Class B regulations; how many applications have been already turned down; and how many such applications have been approved.

Applications for men from the paper industry are not recorded separately from the large number from other industries. I regret therefore that the figures asked for are not available.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that paper used for labelling, wrapping and advertising is an essential part of every order for the export trade; and whether he will take steps to increase accordingly the percentage of releases recommended for the paper-making industry of men under Class B terms.

I am aware of the importance of paper for these purposes, but cannot recommend any increase of releases under Class B, as, apart from individual key workers, there is at present no surplus available under Class B.

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that certain forms of paper are practically an exclusive product of this country; and will he grant the firms producing these a labour priority which will enable them to fulfil foreign orders that have been waiting manufacture for six months or more.

I am aware of the export value of certain types of home produced paper and my Department and the Ministry of Labour are doing their best to satisfy the labour demands for their manufacture.