HC Deb 05 July 1937 vol 326 c16
33. Mr. Thorne

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is the intention of the Government to see that all British manufacturers who use steel are fully supplied before they sanction the export of any steel?

Captain Wallace

My right hon. Friend fully appreciates the importance of securing adequate supplies to British manufacturers who use steel, and every effort is being made to ensure that the requirements of steel users in this country are met; but he is satisfied that it would not in the long run be in the interest of British trade to place restrictions upon exports.

Mr. Lyons

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether any system of rationing steel, according to the needs of users, is under the consideration of the Government?

Captain Wallace

Perhaps my hon. and learned Friend would put that question down.