§ 77. Colonel Baldwin-Webb
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of blast furnaces situated in the Midlands and the United Kingdom, respect- 1117 tively, that have been blown 30th September, 1937?
§ Captain Wallace
I am informed that between 30th September, 1937, and the end of last month, there was a decrease of 14 in the number of blast furnaces in operation; of this number, 10 were situated in the Midlands.
§ Mr. Everard
Is it not the fact that the high cost of coal and the very cheap and large imports of foreign iron and steel are the cause of the closing down?