HC Deb 11 December 1950 vol 482 c801
33. Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Supply what action he has taken to ensure for the motor industry an adequate supply of metals now being imported from abroad.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

As I stated in the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Stechford (Mr. Jenkins) on 7th December, the Government have under consideration the measures necessary to ensure the proper distribution in the national interest of those metals where a severe shortage persists.

Mr. Edelman

To maintain production and full employment, and in view of the urgency of the matter, will my right hon. Friend consult with the United States so that they may divert from their stock pile, or from their forward contracts, whatever materials may be necessary, for current production?

Mr. Strauss

My hon. Friend will have seen from public statements that this is one of the matters which were discussed by the Prime Minister during his visit to the United States.

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