HC Deb 15 April 1946 vol 421 cc2355-6
79. Lieut.-Colonel Byers

asked the Minister of Supply what recent inquiry has been made into the functioning and practices of the iron and steel industries; and when a report will be published.

The Minister of Supply (Mr. John Wilmot)

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Tiffany) on 20th March.

Lieut.-Colonel Byers

May I ask the Minister, while not denying that these industries have something coining to them, whether he agrees that the answer may not necessarily mean nationalisation? Will he undertake to set up a private inquiry before proposing legislation?

Mr. Lyttelton

Could the right hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that this report will be published?

Mr. Wilmot

That is a matter upon which I should require to consult its authors.

Mr. Warhey

Is the Minister aware that the steel consuming industries and the export trade, as well as hon. Members of this House, are waiting with some impatience the announcement of the Government's plans to ensure ample supplies of steel at reasonable prices?

Mr. Wilmot

Yes, Sir.

Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite

In the meantime, can the industry have some coal?

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