HC Deb 31 October 1947 vol 443 c137W
Mr. J. Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will annul the regulation which makes it illegal to sell less than one cwt. of lead, so that more lead scrap will be made available.

Mr. Ede

The purchase of lead in quantities less than one cwt. is prohibited by Section 13 of the Prevention of Crime Act, 1871. This section was suspended during the war by Defence Regulation 57B which was revoked on the 9th May, 1945. The question whether it is possible to take any steps by which the section could again be suspended is receiving consideration.