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Football Pools (Paper Allocation)

Volume 439: debated on Wednesday 9 July 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade why the estimated number of 6,000,000 to 7,000,000 envelopes used weekly by the principal football pool organisations in sending out coupons has not hitherto been regarded as part of the paper allocation given to such organisations but has been in addition to such allocation; and at what date, and for what reasons, he decided that such envelopes ought properly to fall within the permitted amount of paper consumed by such football pool organisations.

The allocation of paper to the football pool promoters originally related to the plain paper licensed to them for coupons, and the like, but owing to the serious shortage of paper and of envelopes, discussions have been taking place for some time past with the promoters with a view to economising in particular in the use of envelopes. As a result the allocation of paper to the promoters now covers paper in all forms and however acquired.