§ Mr. Mander
asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware of the difficulties experienced by an important firm in the West Midlands in obtaining supplies of steel billets and slabs for urgent defence purposes; that orders are being held up and mills closed; and what action he proposes to take?
§ Mr. Burgin
I am aware that owing to the heavy demand for re-rolling billets660W and the reduction in imported supplies it has been difficult to meet all requirements. I have written to the hon. Member on the particular case referred to in the question and explained the steps which have already been taken to ensure supplies for that firm.