HC Deb 22 April 1937 vol 322 cc1914-5
54. Sir C. Rawson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the export of scrap from, amongst other places, the port of Shoreham consigned to Hamburg and other places abroad; and whether, as this material may be required for the purpose of munitions, His Majesty's Government will consider prohibiting these exports?

Mr. Runciman

The British Iron and Steel Federation and the National Federation of Iron and Steel Scrap Merchants recently came to an agreement regarding the collection and distribution of scrap which is required by our steel industry. I understand that the scrap which has recently been exported from Shoreham was sold before this arrangement was made.

Mr. C. S. Taylor

Is it not a fact that large consignments of scrap iron and steel have been exported from every port along the South Coast during the last few months?

Mr. Runciman

A certain amount of export has been taking place, but a corresponding amount of import has also been taking place.

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