Wastepaper Collection

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Mr. Scott-Elliot:

asked the President of the Board of Trade what increase has been obtained in the amount of salvage wastepaper as a result of his appeal to local authorities; and whether he is satisfied that all urban authorities are co-operating to the full in this matter.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester Chatham

Deliveries of waste-paper to the board mills, since the appeals for increased salvage of paper, show a gratifying improvement. To what extent this is due to increased collections by local authorities cannot be gauged until their monthly returns are available and examined. The efficiency of local authorities' salvage services depends to a considerable extent on their labour and transport resources. My right hon. Friend has, however, addressed a personal communication to every local authority asking for all the co-operation they are able to give.

Mr. Scott-Elliot:

Will my hon. Friend answer two questions? First, how much have they improved? Secondly, what has been the reaction of the local authorities? Are they showing co-operation?

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester Chatham

An appeal is being made again. It would be untrue to say they are not showing co-operation, but we naturally wish for more.