Waste Paper (Salvage)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1954.

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Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian 12:00 am, 2nd November 1954

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the salvage of waste paper now serves any useful purpose; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

Yes, Sir. Waste paper is a valuable raw material, which is now being used at the rate of one million tons a year in the manufacture of paper and of board for packing. This saves foreign exchange and helps to keep our mills in full production. There is also a small but useful export trade.

Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian

May we take it from that reply that my hon. and learned Friend wants to encourage local authorities to press on with their schemes of salvage?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

At the present moment collection and consumption are about evenly balanced. I cannot say, therefore, that there is any great need of new action.

Photo of Sir Frank Medlicott Sir Frank Medlicott , Norfolk Central

Could we not divert all the horror comics into this useful channel?

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

Does the hon. Gentleman appreciate that Thames Board Mills are urgently appealing for more waste paper, and will he do all he can to get the local authorities to co-operate?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

I am anxious that what is required Shall be obtained.