§ 26. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the shortage of newsprint.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
My right hon. Friend the Minister for Industrial Development has recently had separate discussions with both the United Kingdom newsprint producers and representatives of the newspaper publishers, and discussions are continuing. However, as he told the hon. Member on 22nd October, the current shortage is worldwide and since we are heavily dependent on imports the scope for short-term action is limited.