HC Deb 04 August 1947 vol 441 cc108-9W
11. Mr. Marples

asked the Minister of Works what steps he is taking to meet the cement shortage in Livepool.

Mr. Key

More shipping space has recently become available and has enabled the industry to double its shipments to Liverpool.

23. Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Works what is the current rate of cement production in South Wales; how far this falls short of requirements; and what steps he is taking to increase supplies.

Mr. Key

The average weekly production of cement in South Wales is now 7,500 tons. The production in South Wales itself cannot meet all the requirements of the area; but arrangements have been made for a further increase in production of 1,500 tons a week, and this, taken in conjunction with supplies from elsewhere, will I hope go far to satisfy demands.

Mr. W. D. Griffiths

asked the Minister of Works if he will give information about the level of cement production in recent weeks.

Mr. Key

Yes. The weekly production of cement has risen from 144,000 tons at the beginning of June to nearly 163,000 tons for the week ending 28th July. Production in the last fortnight is at a higher annual rate than the average annual rate in 1938, but whether it can continue at this high level depends, of course, on the continued supply of coal to the industry. The detailed figures of recent production are as follow:—

Week ending tons
9th June, 1947 144,054
16th June, 1947 143,383
23rd June, 1947 152,691
30th June, 1947 146,059
7th July, 1947 150,707
14th July, 1947 155,897
21st July, 1947 157,837
28th July, 1947 162,913