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Strategic Metals

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry, at current rates of consumption, what is the anticipated life of current reserves of chrome, cobalt, nickel, manganese, tin and copper (a) in the world and (b) in the free world.

At current rates of consumption the expected life of known reserves in the world and the world excluding COMECON countries is as follows:

World yearsWorld excluding COMECON countries years
Chrome280370
Cobalt6060
Nickel8090
Manganese240210
Tin5050
Copper5060
These estimates are constantly changing due to the discovery of new resources, developments in mining and mineral processing techniques, and to short and long-term variations in consumption.
IMPORTS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL DELIVERIES TO UNITED KINGDOM MARKET
1976197719781979 January-September
Rods and bars for reinforcement21151610
Wire rods and other rods and bars in coil11141114
Other light rolled sections and hot rolled bars11182221
Heavy rails and accessories001311
Other heavy rolled products89913
Plates29302827
Sheets (coated and uncoated)39364135
Hot rolled strip7878
Cold rolled strip9111315
Tinplate and buckplate13111214
Tubes and pipes28281924
TOTAL FINISHED STEEL PRODUCTS21202121

Source: ISSB. Imports exclude material for conversion.