Mercury Supplies

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1954.

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Mr. H. Wilson:

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the shortage and high price of mercury for industrial purposes; and if he will make representations to the United States Government about the consequences of their policy of stockpiling mercury.

Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North

I am aware of the rise in the price of mercury, but my information does not suggest that there is any serious difficulty in obtaining supplies for industrial purposes in this country. I know of nothing in the situation which would justify representations to the Government of the United States.

Mr. Wilson:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that recently acute concern has been expressed on this question by industrialists, and in some of the City columns of reputable newspapers? Will he have another look at it and see whether there is not increased stockpiling?

Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North

I have had a look at this matter. It is my information that the importers and main users in this country do not expect undue difficulty in the maintenance of supplies. I have no evidence that the increased imports by the United States of America are due to increased stockpiling.