HC Deb 23 January 1947 vol 432 cc345-6
16. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the situation arising on account of the cut in supplies of soda ash and alkalis to the paper trade; that if these cuts are sustained large scale unemployment is likely to result; and what action he is taking in the matter.

Sir S. Cripps

There were temporary cuts in the production of soda ash and caustic soda owing to the fuel shortage, though it was possible to maintain deliveries of caustic soda from stocks in manufacturers' hands. The cuts have now been largely restored and industry generally, including paper mills, should be receiving sufficient supplies for their current production.

Mr. Stewart

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say whether the paper mills can look forward with some assurance to fairly large supplies over the next few months?

Sir S. Cripps

There is no particular reason why the supplies at present being given should not continue.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister aware that I took the matter up with the Minister responsible, and I have had letters from the firms saying that they are now satisfied with the supplies?