HC Deb 31 March 1980 vol 982 cc16-7W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what bulk chemicals are used in the manufacture of man-made fibres; and to what extent these chemicals are on offer from the United States of America at a landed price, including duty, which is less than the price at which the same chemicals are available in the United States of America.

Mr. Parkinson

The chief bulk chemicals used in man-made fibre manufacture are:

  • Nylon 6—Caprollactam,
  • Nylon 66—Cyclohexane, Ammonia, Hydrogen,
  • Polyester—Ethylene Glycol, Terephthalic Acid,
  • Acrylic—Acrylonitrile.
Information on relative prices in the United States and the United Kingdom markets is not readily available.