HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 c85W
119. Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Minister of Supply why, in planning the rearmament programme, he has not obtained sufficient supplies of nickel; and when he plans to restore the 25 per cent. cut made to radio valve manufacturers.

Mr. J. Freeman

Although supplies of nickel are limited, sufficient quantities will be made available for the rearmament programme. Nickel metal is not allocated by the Ministry of Supply, but is distributed by the producers, who, I understand, are meeting demands to the best of their ability. I have been unable to confirm that there has been a 25 per cent. cut in supplies to radio valve manufacturers, but if the hon. Member will let me have particulars, I will make further inquiries.