HC Deb 07 December 1950 vol 482 cc511-2
19. Mr. Greville Howard

asked the President of the Board of Trade the percentage of the total production of tinplate of the quality used for canning which has been exported in the last six months; and in what proportion this percentage is allocated to the countries concerned.

Mr. H. Wilson

No official figures are available, but I understand that deliveries of tinplate of all grades in the six months ended 30th September were 316,000 tons. During the same period, 127,000 tons, or about 40 per cent., were exported; but not all of this was of a quality suitable for can making. With the hon. Member's permission, I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing how these exports were distributed between countries.

Mr. Howard

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether canners have been told that no further tinplate is available for them?

Mr. Wilson

That is a question for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food, who has to deal with the position of the home canners.

Mr. Harrison

Can my right hon. Friend say whether there is any possibility of restriction in the amount of canned foodstuffs because of the restriction on tinplate supplies?

Mr. Wilson

That is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food, but it is true that tinplate for the home canning industry is extremely short and has been severely restricted.

Mr. Baldwin

In view of the fact that English fruit canners have been advised of a lesser supply of tinplate for next year, will the right hon. Gentleman take care that our tin is not sent to countries abroad, in order to bring back tinned fruit while our own fruit is rotting on the ground?

Mr. Wilson

Yes, Sir. The supply position is very difficult indeed, but we shall attempt to get a fair distribution as between the home and export markets.

Following is the table:

April—September, 1950
Union of South Africa 10,663
British East Africa 1,982
Pakistan 3,962
Malaya 4,298
Australia 33,367
New Zealand 9,140
Other Comonwealth Countries 12,529
Irish Republic 2,586
Soviet Union
Norway 1,869
Denmark 4,248
Spain 1,269
Egypt 1,643
Iran 3,457
Brazil 1,031
Uruguay 727
Argentine Republic 16,071
Other Foreign Countries 17,883
Total 126,725

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