A row has broken out after it was disclosed that instead of using road salt sourced in Britain, a company was intending to import it from Spain. As a new wave of snow struck the nation, salt suppliers have let slip that they will now be sourcing salt from overseas.
One supplier who wanted to remain anonymous told us: "We've tried to use British Salt, but it's just not up to the job. First sign of snow and it doesn't want to work. Now we need to get some quality Spanish salt to get the job done."
The government hastily put out a statement saying that the same price would be paid for foreign salt as British salt, and that some British salt would still be used alongside the salt brought in from Spain. It seems that under EU legislation it is illegal to operate so-called salt protectionism.
This didn't deter protesters at one of the main UK gritting centres in Stevenage, 35 miles north of London. "Gordon Brown promised us British Grit for British Roads, and I, for one, won't be going into work today, in protest."