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Trade And Commerce

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 20 May 1947

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Healds (Yarn Allocation)

63.

asked the President of the Board of Trade why the allocation of yarn for the manufacture of healds for export has been stopped; and if he will alter this decision

New allocations of cotton yarn for export purposes have been suspended at present in view of heavy arrears of production in the cotton industry. I am mindful, however, of the particular need of manufactures of healds and am taking steps which, I hope, will ensure that continuity of production for export is maintained.

Will they be permitted to have an allocation of yarn in the very near future?

Clothing Coupons

64.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now announce the number of clothing coupons that will be made available in September; and, in particular, the details of the special allocations to be made for children.

I am not yet in a position to say what will be the amount of the next instalment of the basic ration which will become available in November, nor can I yet add to the information which I gave to my hon. Friend on 22nd April about the childen's additional supplements.

Paper Supplies (Propaganda)

65.

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total paper tonnage allocated during the last 12 months to the organisers of the railway company and Road Haulage Association campaign against transport nationalisation for the purpose of this campaign; and whether he will grant a similar paper allocation to any non-governmental organisation or association wishing to reply to it.

Could my right hon. Friend say where all this paper is coming from? Is he aware that hundreds of tons of paper are being wasted for this purpose at the present time; and will he make inquiries to see where the printers are getting the paper, when our provincial newspapers are in need of paper?

The answer, of course, is that merchants and printers hold certain stocks which are not subject to licence, and if they care to sell them to the printers of these posters I cannot do anything about it.

Can the Parliamentary Secretary tell us how it comes about that there is so much paper available for publications of this kind, whereas it is impossible to get paper for the publication of a very important volume of the history of the Miners' Federation?

As there seems to be plenty of paper available for all kinds of organisations, including the Secretary of State for War who has just got an additional four tons, will the hon. Gentleman see what can be done to give newspapers started since 1940 a chance of survival by modifying Paper Control Order No. 70?

I am afraid that is an entirely different question. The original Question was about posters.

Timber Supplies

68.

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to increase, during the current season, the supply of timber from Finland which has vast resources of this commodity and is anxious to increase her quota to this country.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given yesterday to the hon. Member for South Aberdeen (Lady Grant).