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Iron Fencing (Offer For Sale)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 13 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Supply under what circumstances his Department are offering for sale in National Stock List No. 17 over 80 tons of iron fencing, in view of the fact that the Ministry of Works have been collecting privately-owned iron fencing for war purposes?

I have been asked to reply. Material included in the National Stock List is available only for essential war work on behalf of Government Departments. The iron fencing referred to was of a special type, and it was intended, by advertising it in the List, to ascertain if use could be made of it for an approved purpose instead of treating it as scrap. The need for scrap metal, including iron railings of ordinary type, is still as great as ever.