HC Deb 12 December 1944 vol 406 c1054
79. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Minister of Supply what arrangements have been made for British steel to be offered to British or foreign contractors at the same price as American steel.

Mr. Wilmot

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to a Question on this subject by the hon. Member for West Birmingham (Mr. Higgs) on 6th December, of which I am sending him a copy.

Mr. Edwards

Will the hon. Gentleman ask his right hon. Friend to take this matter seriously? In the midst of the war, America is competing with us and cutting the price by sheer dumping methods. What is the use of talking about post-war agreements if we cannot agree with each other during the war?

Mr. Wilmot

Steel prices are only one of the factors in the cost of finished manufactured goods, and they, in their turn, depend on the cost of a number of other materials. The matter is having continuous attention.