Colliery Washings, River Ebbw

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons on 10th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Reginald Clarry Sir Reginald Clarry , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the vital need for the prevention of all fuel wastage, steps can now be taken to prevent the large quantities of fine coal being discharged into the River Ebbw from nearby colliery washings, or alternatively, whether arrangements can be made for this coal-dust to be recovered from the river?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

I am asking my Regional Controller for Wales to look into the question raised by my hon. Friend.

Photo of Sir Reginald Clarry Sir Reginald Clarry , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend now regard this matter as one of urgency, as it has been under consideration for a considerable time?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

I think my hon. Friend will appreciate that this is not altogether an easy matter. Although a certain percentage of this coal-dust could be recovered, it would mean that special plant for the purpose would have to be manufactured, which is not too easy at the present time.