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Potash Deposits, Yorkshire

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what encouragement the Government are giving to the development and production of potash discovered at Eskdale, Yorkshire; and for how long this discovery of sylvanite would be enough to supply United Kingdom needs of potash.

His Majesty's Government are giving every possible encouragement to the companies engaged in exploratory work on these deposits. A good deal more work must, however, be done before it will be possible to say when exploitation on an economic scale can begin. It has been estimated that if it were found possible to extract a reasonable proportion of the deposits hitherto proved, the needs of the United Kingdom would be assured for about 140 years.