HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1654-5W
Sir P. Hannon

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make possible the manufacture of D.D.T. in those factories which have produced this article during the war; if he will arrange facilities for production by former producers; and what conditions will attach to this important feature of post-war reconstruction.

Sir S. Cripps

The factories at which D.D.T. was manufactured during the war are still in production. A small reduction in Ministry of Supply orders when the war ended enabled one firm, which made D.D.T. on its own plant, to commence commercial distribution of its product in September last. In view of a further substantial reduction in Service requirements, it is proposed to give the other producers, who have been operating Government-owned plants upon which they hold pre-emptive rights, an early opportunity of making D.D.T. for their own account, subject to provision for current and future requirements of the fighting Services and other Government demands.