HC Deb 04 March 1918 vol 103 c1684

asked if the use of non-edible oils suitable for soap making is authorised for the manufacture of linoleum; if such use does not permit of the recovery of the glycerine contents in the same measure as if they were used for soap making; and is he satisfied that the need for supporting the linoleum industry is such that it is more important to satisfy it than to maintain the output of glycerine at the highest point, and to require, as formerly, that all non-edible oils and fats should be devoted to the production of glycerine?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Carlisle on the 21st February.

69. Sir J. D. REES

asked whether sufficient stocks exist of linseed oil for use in foodstuffs and in making soap; and whether the latter industry has first claim after the first requirement?


The limited stocks of linseed oil in the United Kingdom are allocated—first, to foodstuffs; secondly, to the soap and candle manufacturers, who split the oil and pass on the glycerine obtained from it to munition factories. The residual fatty acids are allocated on the following system of priority:

  1. (1) Soap and candle trades;
  2. (2) Paint and varnish;
  3. (3) Linoleum and kindred trades.