Oral Answers to Questions — Cement Production

– in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Clynes Mr John Clynes , Manchester Platting

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning whether, in accordance with the suggestion made in the Report of the Committee on Cement Production presented to Parliament in May, 1941, he has been able to bring under review the position of cement production in this country; whether he is satisfied as to the volume and efficiency of manufacture; whether any steps have been taken to secure economies; and whether there has been any shortage?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

Yes, Sir. The operations of the industry have been kept under close and continuous supervision, and the position in regard to supply and demand is under constant review. The output of cement has been adequate to meet all demands. While, from inquiries made, I am satisfied as to the efficiency of production, the securing of further economies—whether of labour, fuel or materials—is continuously under review.

Mr. Edwards:

How soon does my hon. Friend expect to be producing slag?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

The plant is being erected, but I am not able to give my hon. Friend a date.