HC Deb 13 March 1940 vol 358 cc1203-4
85. Mr. Thorne

asked the Minister of Supply what is being done under the Steel Scrap Order, 1940, to collect the 250,000 tons of steel and iron scrap lying about in various parts of the country, to assist the steel production?

Colonel Llewellin

The Iron and Steel Control have instituted a vigorous campaign of Press advertisement on scrap, and letters have also been addressed to some 250,000 individuals and organisations who are thought to be in a position to dispose of material. This campaign has already produced substantial amounts of scrap which would otherwise not have come on the market. Special arrangements are now being made, through local authorities and farmers' organisations, for the collection of domestic and agricultural scrap.

Mr. Thorne

Is the Minister not aware that anyone walking about can see any amount of scrap? Is it not time to use some form of compulsion?

Colonel Llewellin

We are carrying out an intensive campaign, county by county. We are doing three counties at the present time, and I hope that, in a few months' time, the hon. Member will not be able to see that amount of scrap lying about.

Sir T. Moore

What about the motor cars which were laid up because of shortage of petrol? There must be many of them.