HC Deb 28 April 1948 vol 450 c55W
85. Sir C. Edwards

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has considered complains sent to him both from the management and men of the Pontymister, Mon., steel works about the insufficient supply of pig iron, both basic and hematite; if he is aware that 1,000 tons basic pig iron is required weekly to keep five out of the seven furnaces going and 200 tons of hematite to keep one out of the two acid furnaces going, whereas only 600 tons is the weekly amount allocated; and if he will see that this material is forthcoming so that production can be increased and full employment found.

Mr. J. Freeman

Yes. These complaints have been very fully considered. There is a general shortage of pig iron. We are doing our best to increase supplies of pig iron by running blast furnaces to their maximum capacity and by imports, but I fear it will be some time before the full effect of these measures is felt. In the meantime Pontymister is getting its fair share of available supplies.

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