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Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 17 March 1943

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asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that in the United States of America only 20 per cent. of the giant tyres surrendered for repair prove to be scrap against 72 per cent. in this country during the period 1st November, 1942, to 31st January, 1943; and whether he will adopt the American system of handing back to owners their own tyres after retreading?

No, Sir; I am unable to identify the figure of 20 per cent. I am informed that American figures showing the proportion of giant tyres, removed from vehicles for replacement, which prove to be retreadable are not yet available. As regards the second part of the Question, I am satisfied that on balance the system suggested would be wasteful of rubber.

If I send the Minister the source of my information, will he have the circumstances re-examined, and does he not really think that the best way to encourage people to take their tyres off before they are worn out is to assure them that they shall have them back when they are re-treaded?

We are most anxious that tyres should be taken off in time to be re-treaded, and I agree with the hon. Member that the subject is one that needs careful and firm handling.