HC Deb 28 April 1952 vol 499 c1020
60. Sir Edward Boyle

asked the Secretary for Overseas Trade, as representing the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on present supplies of aluminium.

The Secretary for Overseas Trade (Mr. Henry Hopkinson)

Aluminium continues to be scarce throughout the world. While requirements in the U.K. still cannot be met in full, contracts for supply from Canada, with home production, should make it possible to meet all defence and essential civilian needs.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

Can my hon. Friend say whether the aluminium that was lent to the United States is being paid back regularly?

Mr. Hopkinson

I should like notice of that question.