HC Deb 30 January 1918 vol 101 c1576W

asked the Minister of Munitions whether scrap iron and brass, copper, zinc, and other material not required by the Army and Navy are sold to outside contractors; and, if so, whether the Ministry of Munitions will arrange to take over what they require direct and thus save the profit of at least one dealer?


I have explained to my hon. Friend, in answer to a question on the 24th instant, the reasons for which it is considered inadvisable that the Ministry should take direct delivery of scrap iron. Brass and copper scrap from the Army and Navy which is required by the Ministry is taken over direct. Zinc scrap requires to be remelted before it can be used by the Ministry, and is allowed to be sold to the smelters for this purpose. If my hon. Friend is not convinced, I shall be very glad to arrange that lie shall meet the officers of the Department to go more fully into the matter.