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Mineral Development Committee (Recommendations)

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 24 April 1951

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what action has been taken to implement the recommendations of the Mineral Development Committee.

I assume that my hon. Friend has in mind those commercial ports of Scotland in which the authorisation of constructional works under Defence Regulation 56A is the responsibility of my Department. The following is a list of building and civil engineering works which have recently been authorised and are now in progress:—

In 1949 the Government accepted the main recommendation, of the Mineral Development Committee, that certain minerals, included in its terms of reference, should be brought into public ownership. It was not found possible to introduce the legislation required in the last Parliament, and I cannot say what prospect there is of doing so in the present Parliament.