HC Deb 27 October 1952 vol 505 cc176-7W
95. Mr. Bottomley

asked the Secretary for Overseas Trade, as representing the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, why, in the first six months of 1952, there was a reduction in the consumption of lead and zinc compared with the last six months of 1951.

Mr. Mackeson

The prices of lead and zinc have been falling for some time, and there has been in consequence some postponement of purchases. There have also certainly been economies in the use of these metals and, in the case of lead, considerable substitution of recovered material for virgin metal has taken place.