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Slate Quarries, North Wales

Volume 465: debated on Monday 16 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Works whether he proposes to take any further action on the reports of the inquiries into the slate industry in North Wales.

Most of the recommendations in these reports have already been implemented. I am awaiting proposals from the industry about research. With regard to financial assistance, I cannot add to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Caernarvonshire (Mr. G. Roberts) on 15th November.

Is everything possible being done to reduce silicosis in this industry, which is preventing recruitment?

Are the counter proposals which the right hon. Gentleman has received from the industry confined to research alone? Has the right hon. Gentleman received counter proposals in general terms, and if so, what has been his reaction?

There is only one other point in the replies I had and that dealt with financial questions, which are being given consideration.