HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 c223
26. Mr. Liddall

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, not far from the works of Magnesium Elektron, Ltd., which is running waste caustic soda out to sea from a pipeline, which cost £86,000, there is a paper mill which uses approximately the same amount of caustic soda; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent the continuance of this waste.

Sir S. Cripps

For the reasons stated in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent (Mr. Ellis Smith) on 3rd May last, measures to recover this caustic soda (which is a weak solution with an appreciable percentage of common salt) would have involved capital expenditure of an order which, in view of the supply position of caustic soda, would not have been justified.

Mr. Wootton-Davies

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if most of the caustic soda in this country is not made by an electrolytic process, and if he is aware that soap makers actually put salt with caustic soda in their soap?

Sir S. Cripps

Perhaps my hon. Friend will address the question to the Minister responsible for caustic soda manufacture.

Sir H. Williams

Why have they not been supplying it to the paper mills?