Paper and Board (Returns)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Stafford 12:00 am, 28th July 1949

asked the President of the Board of Trade why inquiries about stocks of paper and board are sent so frequently to manufacturers of boxes and cartons; and whether he will give instructions to reduce the number of inquiries.

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk

Certain returns are necessary in order to enable the Paper Control to assess the present rate of consumption of paper and board and the effect of the simplifications in paper licensing which came into force on 6th March and 3rd July of this year. Some of the returns are of a temporary character and I am doing all I can to reduce these to a minimum.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Stafford

As the Paper Control has a complete record of imports and exports and of the allocation of paper to manufacturers, is it necessary that the returns should be asked for at monthly intervals since it is known what the general position is?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk

It is extremely important as soon as a control of this kind has been taken off to follow the position very carefully for a month or two to see if there is any big increase in consumption.