HC Deb 13 November 1950 vol 480 c120W
106. Mr. Odey

asked the Minister of Supply how far it is intended to make the present allocation of zinc retrospective, and, how he proposes to deal with the requirements of the motor car industry for December.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

The restrictions on the supply of zinc apply from 1st October. This measure of restriction was necessary in order to preserve the country's stocks at a reasonable level, but I appreciate that to relate allocation to usage in 1949 without taking into account developments since then or the relative importance to the economy of the different uses of zinc can only be a stop-gap measure. Some temporary adjustments have been made for November to meet urgent cases and I have the matter under immediate review.