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Mineral Resources

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the estimated reserves of sand and gravel within the area of each Welsh county, what estimates he has of the requirements for sand and gravel in the Principality up to the end of the century, what mineral reserves in Wales he expects to be worked out before the end of the century, and if he will make a statement.

The most recent estimates of permitted reserves of land-won sand and gravel were made by the aggregates working parties for North Wales and South Wales following a survey of the position on 1 January 1982. The figures are:

Permitted sand and gravel reserves at 1.1.82 Million Tonnes
South Wales
Mid Glamorgan0·5
West Glamorgan
South GlamorganNil
Note: Figures for South Wales are bracketed for reasons of commercial confidentiality.Reserves of marine deposits and gravel were not quantifiable.Requirements for the production of sand and gravel for the period 1981–1991 as identified by the aggregates working parties are set out in Welsh Office circular 30/82, "Guidelines for Aggregates Provision in England and Wales". The requirements for both land-won and marine-dredged production for 1981–1991 are:

RegionRequirement for sand and gravel Million Tonnes
North Wales17·26
South Wales14·25
Further surveys of both permitted reserves and forecast demand will be carried out in 1986.Reserves of sand and gravel or other minerals likely to be worked out over a future period cannot be readily or accurately assessed.
1979–80 Outturn £M1980–81 Outturn £M1981–82 Outturn £M1982–83 Outturn £M1983–84 Outturn £M1984–85 Estimated Outturn £M1985–86 Provision M
Mid Glamorgan17·815·719·716·917·517·018·0
South Glamorgan12·410·912·412·112·89·910·2
West Glamorgan12·611·112·512·211·713·713·0

Note: Figures include certain expenditure by local authorities on road safety and lighting installation: together this amounted to only about 1% of the local authority total in 1981–82 (the last year for which separate figures are available).)

The 1984 national road maintenance condition survey indicates that the overall condition of roads in England and