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Paper And Newsprint (Consumption)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade the total consumption of paper and newsprint in 1946 as com- pared with 1938 and the amounts consumed separately by the main consuming interests.

No figures of consumption are available for 1938. It is estimated, however, that the consumption of newsprint in the twelve months ended 31st August, 1939, was 1,200,000 tons as compared with 375,000 tons for 1946; and of other description's of paper (including paperboard) 2,605,000 tons and 1,714,000 tons for the same periods. The following is an approximate analysis of these figures by the main consuming interests:

Prewar.1946.
Tons.Tons.
Newspapers1,100,000327,000
Periodicals300,00088,000
Books63,00054,000
Commercial and general printing.382,000255,000
Wrappings (including food wrapping)1,405,000905,000
Building Trade92,000129,000
Other industrial uses306,000199,000
H.M.S.O. and other Government departments.40,00071,000
Export of Paper and Board.117,00061,000