HC Deb 01 November 1948 vol 457 cc25-6W
91. Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware of the acute shortage of fencing wire and barbed wire in Scotland; and whether additional supplies for the home market will be made available.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

Extra supplies of both types of wire have been sent to the flooded areas of Scotland and this has caused a temporary reduction in supplies to other areas. Production was substantially reduced by holidays during last quarter, but will improve this quarter.

Mr. Baker White

asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware of the shortage of galvanised fencing wire in East Kent and elsewhere, and that agricultural production is suffering in consequence; and what steps he proposes to alleviate this shortage.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I have given today to the hon. Member for Dumfries (Mr. N. Macpherson).