§ 88. Mr. Ainsley
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the continuing difficulty the farriers, blacksmiths and agricultural engineers are experiencing in Durham and elsewhere in securing iron and steel small sections for maintenance, repairs and making of agricultural implements; and what further steps he will take to meet the complaint.
§ Sir F. Medlicott
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that blacksmiths, agricultural engineers and farriers in Norfolk and other parts of East Anglia and elsewhere, are continuing to experience difficulty in obtaining iron and steel in small sections for repair and maintenance work and for the making of agricultural implements; and if he will take further action to overcome this shortage.
§ Mr. Low
I am aware that there has been a general shortage of iron and steel small sections. The Iron and Steel Board increased the maximum prices of certain iron and steel products as from 14th November with the intention of encouraging producers to increase their output of small sized material. It is too early yet to judge the effect of these increases.