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Vans (Local Authorities)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 13 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware of the long delay in the delivery of motor vans to local health authorities, by whom those vehicles are being used for the collection and delivery of bedding, etc., for disinfestations; of the inconvenience caused to local government authorities; and if

Certain non-ferrous metals:
Ministry of Supply selling price
November, 1948November 1949November, 1950
£'s or long on
Copper (high conductivity electrolytic)1401st–3rd140202
4th–30th153
Lead (good soft pig)1121st–16th105136
17th–20th103
21st–22nd101
23rd–30th97
Zinc (good ordinary brand)921st–2nd8310s.151
3rd–9th8510s.
10th–22nd8710s.
23rd–30th8510s.
Tin57210s1st–14th757(a) 1st–8th price range 995 to 1,300
(a) 15th–30th price range 75 to 620
(a) Price range on the London Metal Exchange. Tin reverted to private trading on 15th November, 1949.
Manganese ore:
Sold commercially to the iron and stee industry. Prices, as published the "London Gazette," are as follows:—
November, 1948 (b) 32d. a unit of manganese
November, 194935d. a unit of manganese
November, 195046½d. a unit of manganese
(b) After allowance for Government subsidy on freight charges The subsidy was withdrawn on 31st March, 1949.
Iron and Steel Scrap:
The current controlled delivered prices of the various specifications of iron and stee scrap are given in the Iron and Steel Scrap Order, 1950 (S.I No. 1523 of 1950). Prices in November, 1948 and November, 1949 are set out in the Control of Iron and Steel (No. 30) (Scrap) Order, 1943 (S.R & O. No. 435 of 1943), as varied by the Control of Iron and Steel (No 36) (Scrap) Order, 1944 (S.R. & O. No. 1335 of 1944); the Control of Iron and Steel (No. 38) (Scrap) Order, 1944 (S.R. & O. No. 1423 of 1944); the Control of Iron and Steel (No. 49) (Scrap) Order, 1946 (S.R. & O. No. 659 of 1946); the Control of Iron and Steel (No. 51) (Scrap) Order, 1946 (S.R & O. No. 1101 of 1946); the Control of Iron and Steel (No. 60) (Scrap) Order, 1947 (S.R. & O. No. 2095 of 1947) and the Control of Iron and Steel (No. 71) (Scrap) Order, 1949 (S.I. No. 1178 of 1949)

asked the Minister of Supply whether he will give a list of commodities which he has freed from price control, showing the price before decontrol and the present price.

A very wide range of iron and steel products has been freed from price control. Information about he will consider giving some priority to them for the supply of these vans.

I am aware that there is delay in the delivery of vans to many classes of user. I am not prepared to ask the industry to give priority to any particular one.