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Opencast Site, Winstanley Hall

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 3 March 1949

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65.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps he has taken to ensure that no typhoid carriers are employed on the Winstanley Hall Opencast No. 3 site, in view of the fact that water from this site is percolating through to and contaminating the catchment area of the Ashton-in-Makerfield waterworks.

I am advised that as the contour of the land slopes away from the catchment area of the Ashton-in-Makerfield waterworks there is no possibility of contamination by percolation from the Winstanley Hall No. 3A Opencast Site.

66.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what total tonnage of opencast coal he expects to obtain from the Winstanley Hall Opencast No. 3 site; and what will be the average cost per ton.

The Winstanley Hall Opencast No. 3 site is no longer worked. The site to which the hon. Gentleman refers is no doubt No. 3A which is expected to produce 123,000 tons. As regards the last part of the Question, it is contrary to normal practice to disclose the contract price for the working of particular opencast sites.