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Coal Board Publication (Paper Allocation)

Volume 440: debated on Tuesday 22 July 1947

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether His Majesty's Stationery Office has imposed a reduction in the amount of paper made available for "Coal," a publication of the National Coal Board, proportionate to the cut imposed by His Majesty's Government in the newsprint allocations of daily newspapers.

Can the right hon. Gentleman give the justification for this discrimination between the treatment of publications of Government monopolies and the publications of private enterprise?

There has been no discrimination. The newsprint cut to which the hon. Member is referring applies to newspapers, and not to weekly or monthly periodicals.

Is it not a fact that the paper used for this publication either costs dollars or could realise dollars if sold abroad?

Are we to understand that where Government Departments use newsprint for the purpose of any publication, no cut will be made at all?

No, Sir. Nothing that I have said could lead the noble Lord to believe that.