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Paper Manufacture (Alternative Materials)

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to investigate the development of new techniques for paper manufacture; and what investigation is being made into the use of bamboos grown in Cornwall for this purpose.

In view of the world shortage of wood pulp, we should welcome the increased use of alternative materials. From past investigation, particularly during the years of the recent war, it is unlikely that any other home-grown fibrous material would prove to be as suitable as straw, the use of which is believed to involve less technical difficulty than any alternative home-produced material. In the absence of large-scale cultivation, the yield from Cornish bamboo would be very small and hardly economic.