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Trade And Commerce

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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Sodium Chlorate

64.

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that sodium chlorate can be purchased in France; and what steps he is taking to use this source to meet the shortage for agricultural purposes which exists in this country.

Yes, Sir. I am satisfied that importers are taking up all the sodium chlorate that is at present available in France for export to this country.

Can the President of the Board of Trade say why there is a shortage in France? I understood that there were unlimited quantities there. Surely it would be much better to bring this highly desirable sodium chlorate from France rather than to try to obtain it elsewhere?

The reason for the shortage is that the French producers are handicapped by shortage of electricity. We are continuing our pressure on the French Government to make more sodium chlorate available. Having done that, it is a question of the private importers acquiring all there is, which I am satisfied they are doing.

New Factory, Caernarvonshire

65.

asked the President of the Board of Trade when the local authority concerned will receive a further communication regarding the proposed new factory to be built in the Nantlle Valley, Caernarvonshire.

I understand from my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Health, that the Welsh Board of Health have now written to Gwyrfai Rural District Council.

Waste Paper Collection

68.

asked the President of the Board of Trade why he is issuing a request to local authorities to slow down the collection of waste paper.

No request has been made to local authorities to slow down the collection of waste paper. In one area, certain local authorities have been meeting with difficulty in disposing of the whole of their collections, but this difficulty is regarded as only temporary. I hope local authorities will maintain the excellent collections of recent months. I would like to take this opportunity of saying that the question posed by the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare (Mr. Orr-Ewing) during the Adjournment Debate on Colonial Timber on 4th April, to the effect that local authorities were being discouraged from collecting waste paper as it is likely to become unsaleable because we are importing strawboard is entirely without foundation.