§ Captain Plugge
asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that various local authorities, having at his request collected metal salvage which is not now needed, do not know how to dispose of it; and whether in these cases he proposes to give them any assistance.
§ Mr. Peat
As I explained in the statement which I made in the House on 30th November last, arrangements have been made, in consultation with my Noble Friend the Minister of Works, whereby all domestic ferrous scrap already collected by local authorities and in their hands on 31st December, 1943, will be cleared as expeditiously as possible, having regard to labour and transport difficulties. A circular was sent to all local authorities asking them to furnish the Ministry of Supply with particulars of the stocks held in order that arrangements could be made for clearance in due course by the Ministry of Works, in cases where the local authorities were unable to dispose of the scrap themselves.