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Steel Tubing (Supplies)

Volume 462: debated on Monday 14 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware that owing to priority of exports, building contractors are experiencing difficulty in obtaining sufficient quantities of steel tubing; that instead they are having to rely on imported, and more expensive copper tubing; and if he will take steps to end this anomaly.

The shortage of the type of steel tube required by building contractors is due to lack of capacity and not to the quantity exported. Additional capacity has recently come into production and supplies will increase as soon as it is in full production later in the year.