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Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what quantity of tyres have been imported into Germany; what proportion is from British sources; and what steps are being taken to enable occupied Germany to be self-supporting in this direction.

About 45,000 tyres have been imported into the Combined Anglo-American zones, of which 8,000 came from the United Kingdom. Twenty-two thousand tons of rubber and appropriate quantities of textiles have been imported into the Combined zones this year for the manufacture of tyres. Arrangements are being made for further imports to raise production of lorry tyres from the present figure of about 40,000 a month to nearer capacity (80,000 tyres a month) as quickly as coal allocations and the training of skilled labour permit.