§ Dr. Peters
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he has had an estimate made of the many thousands of tons of tramway lines no longer in use in Greater London and in the provinces; and whether he will consider using the metal thus being wasted before taking ancient and/or ornamental ironwork and fencings which may never be replaced?
§ Mr. Harold Macmillan
Yes, Sir. Steps have already been taken, in co-operation with local authorities, for the removal of disused tramrails; and over 40 per cent. of the total estimated tonnage available has so far been recovered. Ordinary railings, which do not serve any useful function, are also to be removed to assist the war effort, but steps are being taken to ensure that railings of special artistic merit or historic interest are not taken.