HC Deb 22 February 1951 vol 484 cc1437-8
19. Mr. Russell

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to salvage glass bottles.

Mr. H. Wilson

The Government appealed in 1948 to the public for their help in salvaging glass containers. Since that date, supplies of new bottles have improved considerably, and in some cases reconditioned bottles cost as much, or more than, new ones. The hon. Member is, of course, aware that many traders are themselves organising the salvage of glass bottles used for their own products.

Mr. Russell

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many types of bottles are not being salvaged in that way at all? Does he not think that the great shortage of bottles that occurred in the last war makes it advisable to maintain glass stocks?

Mr. Wilson

I understand that the prospects of future supplies of new, ordinary glass bottles are very good indeed.

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