THE Board of Trade Working Party for the Linoleum and Felt Base Industry*, which included as independent members Dr. L. T. M. Gray and Prof. J. Read, leaves no room for doubt as to the importance of scientific research to that industry. The main and over-riding shortage in the industry at present is linseed oil, the supply of which has been cut to thirty percent of the pre-war supply. This shortage is closely bound up with the world shortage of edible oils and fats, and no substantial improvement in the supplies of linseed oil for the industry is likely this year. Various substitutes for linseed oil have been tried, notably an adipic ester of trimethylolpropane in Germany, and the Working Party recommends that the industry should continue vigorous research on possible substitutes for linseed oil.