Paper Supplies (Publications).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 3rd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Neil Maclean Mr Neil Maclean , Glasgow Govan

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has examined a pictorial publication, named "Rising Tide," issued by the Oxford Group, a copy of which has been given him by the hon. Member for Govan; whether, as it weighs 10 ounces and is printed on thick paper, he authorised the release of paper for this publication, which has no bearing on the war effort; and why the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, Limited, Glasgow, was refused paper to print a symposium for the London Scottish Self-Government League, written by experts and dealing with planning for Scotland?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I understand that "Rising Tide" was last reprinted in May, 1939, from stocks of paper acquired in 1937. With regard to the third part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to a similar Question by the hon. Member for Maryhill (Mr. Davidson) on 29th April.

Photo of Mr Neil Maclean Mr Neil Maclean , Glasgow Govan

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that "Rising Tide" is still being circulated?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

It may be circulated, but the printing of it is as I have described.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

asked the Minister of Supply how many foreign newspapers and periodicals are now published in this country; to what nationalities they belong; and whether, in view of the shortage of paper for British publications, he will arrange that paper for only one publication be allotted to each nationality?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

Sixty-three, covering 14 nationalities. They include daily, weekly or monthly journals of various types, with subject matter that could not suitably be incorporated in one publication for each nationality.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

Is it not possible to reduce this number, seeing how other papers are being inconvenienced for want of newsprint?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

We are examining the subject in association with the Minister of Information.