HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 cc39-40W
Sir J. Gilmour

asked the Minister of Power what is the total capacity of the foundry industry in England and Wales and in Scotland; what proportion of this capacity is now occupied; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Marsh

There is no accepted definition of capacity and figures of capacity are not collected regularly. The Iron and Steel Board has recently been conducting a special review of the iron-founding industry and I expect to receive their report in the near future. On the

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basis of their study, figures for iron-founding are roughly as follows:

England and Wales Scotland
Capacity 4½ million tons under½million tons
Capacity utilisation 82per cent. 70 per cent.

There are no recent figures for the remainder of the industry.