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Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1947.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Champion Mr Arthur Champion , Derbyshire Southern 12:00 am, 29th April 1947

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will permit weekly newspapers to issue and maintain their papers at the pre-February size by using the stocks they now have in their possession and without drawing additional supplies from the common pool.

Photo of Mr John Belcher Mr John Belcher , Sowerby

No, Sir. In present conditions, I do not think that any further drawing down of stocks would be desirable.

Photo of Mr Arthur Champion Mr Arthur Champion , Derbyshire Southern

Is the Minister aware that the stocks to which I referred are those actually in the possession of newspaper proprietors for this purpose?

Photo of Mr John Belcher Mr John Belcher , Sowerby

I am aware of that fact, but I think it would be unwise to go too fast now and then be faced with a further crisis in two or three months' time.