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Non-Ferrous Metals (Home Production)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 9 April 1951

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asked the Minister of Supply what steps are being taken, in view of the growing scarcity of many non-ferrous metals, to secure greater production of these materials in Great Britain.

Some small lead and zinc mines are operating and others will be in the near future. The mining of wolfram will be resumed in Devonshire and the production of magnesium in Government-owned plants is being restarted. Non-ferrous metals produced from indigenous material can, however, meet only a very small part of the country's total requirements.