HC Deb 14 March 1917 vol 91 c1090
71. Mr. WATT

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the consent of his Department was asked recently to the establishing of a sheet-glass manufactory at Rutherglen, near Glasgow; whether he is aware that the position in this country has been for months that sheet-glass is practically unprocurable; that this glass has largely been a Continental product, the difficulty in manufacturing in this country being the proper kind of sand; whether he is aware that the company that contemplated the Rutherglen project had, after trouble and expense, found suitable sand and in sufficient quantity at Campbelltown, in Argyllshire; whether this scheme was for bidden by his Department without any reason being assigned; and will he say whether it was traceable to the influence of the only two firms engaged in this kind of glass-making in this country?


I am unable to answer my hon. Friend's question until I am furnished with the further particulars for which I asked in the letter I addressed to him.