HC Deb 06 October 1942 vol 383 cc1084-5W
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.