HC Deb 22 April 1948 vol 449 c161W
68. Mr. F. Maclean

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will now make a larger allocation of linseed oil to the linoleum industry.

Mr. Jay

The allocation of linseed oil to the linoleum industry was increased by 5o per cent. in the last quarter of 1947, and has since been maintained at the increased rate. As linseed oil imports, most of which come from hard currency sources, will be much lower in 1948 than in 1947, the maintenance of total allocations at the present rate involves heavy drawing upon stocks. Consequently, I cannot promise a larger allocation to linoleum which is already getting a reasonable share of the supplies available.