Oral Answers to Questions — Paper Supplies (Magazine "vogue").

– in the House of Commons on 20th May 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

asked the Minister of Production whether he is aware that the fashion magazine "Vogue" continues to be published although it is largely devoted to luxury advertisements and each issue contains 30, 40 or more pages of heavy super-quality paper, and whether he will stop paper supplies to magazines of this type?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

This magazine, like others, is allowed to consume paper at the rate of 19½ per cent. of its pre-war usage, with a small addition in respect of export, and its advertisements are restricted to the same proportion of its space as pre-war. The policy has been to reduce paper supplies uniformly to all tyes of periodicals, and I think this is the best plan.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

In view of the fact that papers which serve a really useful purpose are having their supplies of paper curtailed very severely, why is it that we allow a useless paper of this kind to circulate in the country?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

My hon. Friend will realise that the duty of wholesale censorship cannot be placed on the Production Departments, Very wide issues are raised by that Supplementary Question.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that there is a very widespread feeling in the country that luxuries of this kind, and advertisements of luxuries of this kind, are completely out of tune with the appeals which come from the Government?

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Is it not a fact that large numbers of each issue of this magazine are bought by the Ministry of Information and the British Council for distribution in neutral countries?

Mr. Lyttekon:

I believe that is so.

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

Will not the right hon. Gentleman consider whether the whole system requires revision, and can he justify allowing paper to this mischievous publication while refusing it to the Channel Islands "Monthly Review"?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

I cannot deal with a question of such width by means of Question and answer?