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Welsh Slate Inquiry (Recommendations)

Volume 441: debated on Monday 28 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Works what steps are being taken to implement the recommendations of the Welsh Slate Inquiry Report

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to him on 3rd March. Since that date my officials have had full discussions with representatives of both sides of the industry. At the same time, I have arranged for an investigation of the plant requirements of the industry by a well-known authority, who is also examining the technical and economic possibilities of amalgamation within the industry.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that some concern is felt on both sides of the industry at the rather long delay in getting to grips with the proper mechanisation and new finance; and can he give an indication how soon a real start will be made in reorganising this very useful industry?

I believe the inquiries of the technical expert are now completed, and I shall be getting a report within a short period.