§ 61. Mr. A. M. SAMUEL
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of furnaces in blast as at 1st June, 1930, and the number as at 1st April, 1930; and will he also give the monthly average production of pig-iron for the year 1913 and the monthly average for the first five months of 1930?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. W. R. Smith)
As reported by the National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers, the number of furnaces in blast in the United Kingdom was 141 at the end of May, 1930, and 157 at the end of March, 1930; the production of pig-iron averaged 855,000 tons monthly in 1913 and 631,400 tons monthly in the first five months of 1930.
§ Mr. SAMUEL
Do not these facts reflect that we have imported 3,000,000 tons of iron and steel in the last 12 months?