Lime Supplies.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Mr. Johnston:

I am aware that in some areas difficulty has been experienced by Scottish farmers in obtaining lime. The present deficiency in supplies is due to a number of causes among which labour and transport difficulties, A.R.P. considerations, and increased demand for industrial uses are the more important. I am endeavouring, with the co-operation of the Minister of War Transport and the Minister of Labour and National Service, to overcome these difficulties, and also to stimulate the production of lime by a scheme of grants for the erection of new limestone grinding and waste lime drying plant. A survey of the available lime resources of Scotland is being rapidly conducted by a Technical Committee recently set up by the Department of Agriculture, with a view to recommending suitable sources of development.