asked the President of the Board of Trade why he is issuing a request to local authorities to slow down the collection of waste paper.
No request has been made to local authorities to slow down the collection of waste paper. In one area, certain local authorities have been meeting with difficulty in disposing of the whole of their collections, but this difficulty is regarded as only temporary. I hope local authorities will maintain the excellent collections of recent months. I would like to take this opportunity of saying that the question posed by the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare (Mr. Orr-Ewing) during the Adjournment Debate on Colonial Timber on 4th April, to the effect that local authorities were being discouraged from collecting waste paper as it is likely to become unsaleable because we are importing strawboard is entirely without foundation.