HC Deb 05 February 1963 vol 671 cc234-6
Q5. Mr. Gresham Cooke

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now give instructions to bring the control of all non-ferrous scrap metals under one Department, namely, the Board of Trade.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. There is already close consultation about export controls between the two Departments principally concerned.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

Would not my right hon. Friend agree that it is a hang-over from the war period that we should have non-ferrous metals controlled both by the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Aviation? Would not it be more efficient to bring them under one Ministry, and would my right hon. Friend agree to look at this matter again if I write to him?

The Prime Minister

I The President of the Board of Trade deals with copper, lead, zinc and nickel, The Ministry of Aviation deals with aluminium, magnesium and titanium in view of the great importance of these metals to the aircraft industry I should be happy to consider the matter again if my hon. Friend would write to me.