§ 7. Mr. Gooch
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the acute shortage of iron and steel supplies for country craftsmen, such as blacksmiths, agricultural engineers and farriers; and what steps he will take to facilitate the delivery of bars and round sections to country workshops.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
I am aware that, in spite of the increasing quantities of steel made available this year, there have been shortages of the smaller sizes of certain steel products which are normally taken by the users mentioned by the hon. Member. This problem is receiving the close attention of the Iron and Steel Board.