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Copper And Lead Prices

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 26 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Supply whether he is satisfied that the recently announced reduction in the selling price of copper and lead will enable British manufacturers to compete on equal terms with the manufacturers in the United States of America.

It is impossible to isolate the relative prices of copper and lead from the other elements affecting competition between American and British manufacturers, such as, for example, dollar shortage in many overseas markets. I am, however, broadly satisfied, after considering the views of the exporting industries mainly affected, that a temporary disparity in prices in these metals need not have any significant effect on the export of those products which it is desirable to encourage.