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Pit Closures

Volume 728: debated on Thursday 12 May 1966

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether, in view of the accelerating drift of manpower from the mining industry of South Wales as a consequence of the insecurity of employment in the industry, he will make arrangements for co-ordinating the Board of Trade, the Ministry of Power, and the Welsh Office, on the present programme of pit closures, so that they are delayed until alternative employment vacancies are available.


asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will make a statement on his plans for co-ordinating the work of various Government Departments in South Wales to deal with the consequences of pit closures.

The Welsh Office is working in close co-operation with all the Government Departments concerned and I am satisfied that the existing arrangements for co-ordination are satisfactory. Together with my right hon. Friends, I am doing all I can to ensure there are adequate opportunities for the employment of miners affected by pit closures.