Silicates, Oxides and Nitrides

Oral Answers to Questions — Research – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th November 1952.

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Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen 12:00 am, 11th November 1952

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, to what extent research is being made into the use and development of silicates, oxides and nitrides from domestic sources; and what encouragement is being given to this research.

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

Research into the development of new and extended uses for these substances is being actively pursued in a wide field by industry, research associations, Government research establishments and the universities. Both the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Ministry of Supply are encouraging and sponsoring research of this nature.

Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen

Can the Parliamentary Secretary say to what extent we may hope in the near future to make ourselves less dependent on the import of foreign metal by the use of these domestic substances?

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

Development on these lines has already begun. A number of the universities are carrying out research, and a number of industrial firms are engaged on small-scale production of these new products as a substitute for metals.