HC Deb 19 May 1980 vol 985 cc64-5W
Mr. Renton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will examine the case for introducing measures to ensure that the supply of minerals essential to United Kingdom industry is maintained.

Mr. David Mitchell

The Government are to consult industrial, mining and financial interests about the prospects for the supply of essential minerals for which United Kingdom industry is dependent on overseas sources, and the desirability of measures to improve continuity and security of supplies in the long term.