§ 38. Mr. Spence
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of suitable steel, especially in the lighter sections, for the repair and construction of agricultural equipment in Scotland; and whether he will endeavour to make supplies available in the near future having regard to the importance and urgency of the matter.
§ Mr. Low
I am aware that there has been a shortage of small sizes of steel products in Scotland and in other areas. 994 The Iron and Steel Board informs me that there is some evidence of improvement in the supply of these kinds of steel as a result of the increases made last November in maximum prices for small sizes of steel.
§ Mr. Spence
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that a very little now would be the greatest help to the agricultural industry?
§ Mr. Stokes
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the difficulty arises from the fact that the rolling mills like rolling heavy sections rather than light, and that the Government do absolutely nothing to induce the rolling mills to roll the lighter sections? They ought to do something about it.