Mr. Temple Morris
asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the existence of premises full of metal rubbish and the failure to clear away dumps of scrap are suggesting to the public that 629W there is no urgency in the salvage problem; and whether better and more prompt arrangements for clearance of both such premises and dumps will be made by his Department?
§ Mr. Harold Macmillan
As my right hon. Friend explained in the statement which he made on 24th July (a copy of which I am sending to my hon. and learned Friend), the presence of scrap in municipal yards, village dumps and merchants' premises does not mean that the scrap is neglected or unwanted. These dumps are in effect reserves awaiting treatment for the steelworks. With regard to the last part of the Question, arrangements are being made with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service for additional labour for sorting, breaking and transporting scrap.