§ Sir W. Jenkins
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many industries in South Wales which were driven by water-power have been closed down and used for storage purposes in the last two years; and as these water-driven industries could be used for war production and thereby save considerable quantity of fuel annually, what steps does he propose to take in these cases?
§ Mr. Dalton
One tinplate works in South Wales, which was partially operated by water power has been closed down for storage for war purposes. I am advised that the net fuel economy possible by re-opening these works would be small and I am satisfied that this gain would be far outweighed by the disturbance to the war effort caused by transferring the goods elsewhere.