Low-Grade Phosphate Deposits.

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

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Photo of Mr James Wootton-Davies Mr James Wootton-Davies , Heywood and Radcliffe

asked the Minister of Supply whether he can give any information as to the steps he is taking to increase the production of home-produced phosphatic manures?

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

The production of ground basic slag has been substantially increased during the war, and it is proposed to instal additional grinding plant to treat the total quantity of suitable slag available. Steps have been taken in collaboration with the Ministry of Food to secure the maximum collection of bones, which are used for fertilizers and feeding-stuffs. In addition, the practicability in present conditions of working certain low grade phosphate deposits in the country is under investigation.

Photo of Mr James Wootton-Davies Mr James Wootton-Davies , Heywood and Radcliffe

Are steps being taken to work the natural deposits of phosphates in this country?

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

Yes, Sir; we are considering that, and we are on the point of coming to a decision. In fact the day before yesterday we had a meeting with Professor Hawkins, of Reading University, and I hope to be able to announce what the decision is in the course of a few days.