Printers' Ink

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Hurd Mr Anthony Hurd , Newbury 12:00 am, 23rd July 1959

asked the President of the Board of Trade how the current imports of printers' ink from France and elsewhere compare with those of a month ago.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

Imports of printers' ink from France were negligible in May and June. Supplies from other countries totalled 78 cwt. in May and 326 cwt. in June. No statistics for July are available.

Photo of Mr Anthony Hurd Mr Anthony Hurd , Newbury

Will my right hon. Friend agree that these are very large and significant imports of printers' ink? As the daily newspapers said when the printing dispute started that they had only three days' supply of ink, have any representations about these imports been made by Mr. Briginshaw?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

So far as the Board of Trade is concerned, imports of printers' ink are on open general licence. That is as far as my responsibility extends.