Oral Answers to Questions — Rubber Substitutes.

– in the House of Commons on 5th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

asked the Minister of Production, whether he will make a statement on the investigation of substitutes for rubber?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

Apart from materials generally known as synthetic rubber, about which I made a statement in reply to the hon. Member on 8th July, raw natural rubber can be replaced in par- ticular circumstances by a number of materials of which the most important is reclaimed and crumb rubber, the use of which is being extended, Polyvinyl Chloride which is being used in place of rubber in cables and a variety of materials which can be used instead of rubber for waterproofing. In addition, the rubber available can be made to go further by a suitable use of extenders. Investigation is proceeding into other means of saving rubber.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Can my right hon. Friend say whether arrangements are being made to manufacture the maximum quantity of this substitute rubber over here?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

I do not understand to which substitute the hon. Member refers.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is the right hon. Gentleman making arrangements for the manufacture in quantity of any substitute?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

I have already answered that question.

Photo of Mr Thomas Levy Mr Thomas Levy , Elland

When my right hon. Friend says "which one," does he realise that there is a rubber substitute made from Budidene and that can be transformed into any end-product, and therefore my hon. Friend opposite is quite right?