Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments (Posters).

– in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can give the average monthly weight of paper used in the production of posters issued by the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Supply and other Government Departments, which are distributed to works and factories?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

The approximate average monthly weight of paper used by all Departments in recent months in the production of posters for distribution to works and factories is nine tons. Of that amount three tons is in respect of posters for the Ministry of Labour and National Service, and ¾ ton for the Ministry of Supply. A separate figure for the Ministry of Information is not available as that Department issues posters on behalf of other Departments.

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman consider that these posters serve any really useful purpose? Does he not think that the paper could be used to greater advantage elsewhere?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

It is not my opinion which is worth consulting on that point.

Photo of Sir Frederick Messer Sir Frederick Messer , Tottenham South

Do they give any information which is not already known?

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

Could you not divert some of the Income Tax paper to this purpose?