§ 27. Mr. HOGGE
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government intends either commandeering or controlling the trade in copper or zinc; and, if so, whether he will bear in mind the requirements of the process-engraving industry and make arrangements to have available the specially polished metal required by this trade?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MUNITIONS DEPARTMENT (Dr. Addison)
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. Arrangements are being made with the copper and spelter industries to ensure sufficient supplies to meet the Government requirements, and this is being done with a view to interfering as little as possible with other trades. It is not the intention to commandeer these metals unless it is found impossible to obtain sufficient supplies otherwise.