§ 119. Sir W. Wakefield
asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware of the handicap suffered by exporters in packing goods manufactured in the United Kingdom for overseas markets, due to the shortage of steel strapping; that this steel strapping, urgently needed at home for packing for export, is being exported abroad; and what steps he is taking to alter this unsatisfactory position and to increase supplies.
§ Mr. J. Jones
The allocation of steel to manufacturers of steel strapping has now been increased, but it is not yet possible to meet demands in full. I am informed by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade that small quantities of steel strapping are being exported in order to maintain our imports of foodstuffs and raw materials.