Synthetic Rubber and Control Board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (1) what steps are being taken, and in prospect, for the manufacture of synthetic rubber; and what in general is the crude rubber, rubber waste and synthetic rubber position in this country to-day;

(2) whether he will publish the names of the reconstituted Rubber Control Board, with their credentials for the work, and direct their attention to the fact that it has been the studied policy of the new tyre interests to encourage waste and destruction of tyres by every commercial means; what steps are being taken to prevent this and also to make proper use of waste rubber and synthetic rubber?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

The question of the manufacture of synthetic rubber in Great Britain is being considered in relation to the general question of Inter-Ally supply. It would not be in the public interest to give particulars of our supplies of rubber. Every possible step is being taken to economise in the consumption of rubber in tyres and other manufactures and to make use of the available supplies of waste. I will circulate particulars of the composition of the Rubber Control Board in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

If the position with regard to crude rubber and rubber generally is satisfactory, would it not be very much better to give very full particulars about it?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

My hon. and gallant Friend will realise that I woud not wish to publish the stocks.

Photo of Mr Thomas Levy Mr Thomas Levy , Elland

What steps are being taken now effectively to use synthetic rubber?

Following are the particulars:

The Rubber Control Board, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Ministry of Supply, consists of the following:

  • Sir George Beharrell (Chairman)—Rubber manufacturer.
  • Mr. L. W. Farrow (Deputy-Chairman)—Chartered Accountant and company director.
  • Sir Walrond Sinclair—Rubber manufacturer.
  • Mr. J. F. Milne—Rubber grower.
  • Mr. R. S. Thompson—Rubber broker.
  • Mr. J. Bennett—Rubber dealer.
  • Mr. W. G. Essex—Rubber reclaimer.