HC Deb 21 May 1957 vol 570 cc1023-4
32. Mr. Sorensen

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent the production of synthetic rubber has proceeded in this country during the past year; and how far the importation of synthetic rubber has affected the importation of natural rubber.

Mr. Erroll

During the past six months, two firms have begun commercial production of special purpose synthetic rubbers and a third company has produced small quantities of general purpose synthetic rubber for experimental purposes. Over the same period, retained imports of both natural and synthetic rubber have risen.

Mr. Sorensen

Can the Minister say anything about the possibility of the production of synthetic rubber? Is it likely in the very near future to have any very direct and substantial effect on the importation of rubber?

Mr. Erroll

I think that is unlikely, because the production of synthetic rubber is a very small proportion even of the total amount of synthetic rubber at present being imported.