HC Deb 12 December 1950 vol 482 cc133-4W
67. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will prepare a list of dollar strategic raw materials in short supply for which he will issue open general licences to encourage producers to develop production on a long-term basis.

Mr. Gaitskell

Many scarce dollar strategic raw materials such as softwood, zinc, copper and aluminium are imported on Government account; other such materials are already licensed freely. I do not know of any scarce dollar strategic material the supply of which is held up by refusal to grant licences, but if the hon. Member has any particular cases in mind perhaps he would let my right hon. Friends or myself know of it.