No, Sir. I am not aware that there is any special shortage of paper of the kind used for the purpose in question. The introduction of plastic tokens would involve the installation in pay-boxes at cinemas and other places of entertainment of fresh registering machines, the supply of which would almost certainly present great difficulty. I have received no representations on this subject from the entertainments industry.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that an important group of cinema theatres is prepared to use this substitute for paper? Does he consider that a pre-war regulation of this kind should stand in the way of a measure which would certainly economise a commodity of which we are very short?