Non-Ferrous Metals (Collection).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 29th July 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Minister of Supply whether he will give particulars of the collection organised to secure unnecessary articles of brass, copper and other non-ferrous metals; what part is operated by local authorities; and what steps are being taken to accelerate it?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

There is a regular collection of salvage from householders by local authorities, and all local authorities with a population of over 10,000 and boroughs with a population of over 5,000 are under compulsory directions to provide or see provided an efficient service for the collection of non-ferrous metals. In addition, unwanted household brass and copper are bought by waste merchants and dealers.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

In view of the statement last week that the Minister's Department is anxious to collect unwanted brass plates and other non-ferrous metals, has my right hon. Friend anything to add to the old machinery whereby this can be put into effective operation?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

Yes, Sir. Active steps are being taken on the lines described in my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

What steps are being taken to collect the metals which have been left to accumulate in hundreds of towns?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I think there is some misapprehension on that. There are periodical recoveries, but, as storage in this country is wanted for so many purposes, it is often convenient to allow these accumulations to take place at points suitable for transport, and, so long as the supplies to the works are adequate, no loss is being suffered.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Surely the Minister knows some local authorities are complaining that they cannot get the metal removed; The opinion is held that this is done deliberately to force down prices.

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

There is nothing at all in that suggestion.