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Strategic Raw Materials (Stockpiling)

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what industrial countries in the Western world outside North America stockpile strategic raw materials; and if he will make a statement of the Government's attitude thereto.

I understand that stockpiles of raw materials are held in France, Japan and Sweden. The supply situation of essential raw materials and the need to introduce measures, including stockpiling, to safeguard against potential shortages is kept under constant review by my Department.