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Non-Ferrous Metals Production

Volume 463: debated on Monday 4 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Supply what are the names of his principal advisers, both full-time and part-time, on matters relating to the production of non-ferrous metals in the United Kingdom; and what is the approximate division of duties between the several officers and consultants.

It has recently been decided that arrangements shall be made for my Department to take over general responsibility for the production of nonferrous metals in the United Kingdom, except the inspection of health, safety and welfare measures. The division of responsibility between Departments has not yet been closely defined and no advisers have been appointed.

Will the Minister see to it, when he does appoint these advisers, that amongst them are some technical experts in Cornish tin mining?

The hon. Member may be sure that I shall appoint people who will be best equipped for the job.

Does this mean that the right hon. Gentleman's Department will now be responsible for the publication of the survey that is being made about non-ferrous metals in this country?

I think that that is rather a different question, and I should like to see it on the Order Paper.