HC Deb 15 May 1918 vol 106 c404

We have also taken steps to deal with another important raw material, and that is zinc concentrates. We have recently completed an arrangement whereby practically the whole of the exportable surplus of zinc concentrates from Australia will be purchased by the Government. Here, again, through this control, we shall be able to direct the destination of this important raw material, and it should afford means of re-establishing the zinc refining industry in this country, and be of great assistance to our noble Ally, Belgium, after the War. I am quite certain that this step which we have taken to secure the control of this important raw material will be seriously felt by German industry after the War.


Can we smelt it in this country?


No; we are going to take steps to do that.