§ 25. Mr. Spence
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of tractor tyres especially in Scotland and what percentage of total production was represented by the quantities supplied during 1947 for export and for the home market respectively.
§ Mr. H. Wilson
There is still some delay in meeting replacement demands for tractor tyres, but the number of tyres supplied increased from 16,573 in the first quarter of 1947 to 40,683 in the fourth quarter, and further increases are planned for 1948. All available supplies are distributed throughout Great Britain as evenly as possible. Of the total tractor tyre production in 1947, approximately 67 per cent. was supplied as original equipment for new tractors, 31 per cent. for the replacement needs of the home market and 2 per cent. was exported as tyres.