HC Deb 10 May 1973 vol 856 c166W
Mr. John

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his latest information as to the known world reserves of iron ore and as to the annual world consumption, respectively.

Mr. Emery

A United Nations survey published in 1970 gave the following estimate of world resources of iron ore (in million tonnes):

Reserves Potential Ore Total
251,300 531,200* 782,500*
* Excludes figure for Australia.

The present annual world consumption is about 750 million-800 million tonnes.

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