South Wales (Iron Ore Port)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th December 1965.

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Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford 12:00 am, 9th December 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to receive proposals from Richard Thomas and Baldwins on the siting of the second iron ore port in South Wales.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelli

I cannot say when Richard Thomas and Baldwins will submit its proposals. When we receive them, they will be carefully examined with the assistance of the National Ports Council and the Iron and Steel Board.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that as long ago as 14th July, in the Welsh Grand Committee, he said: It is in the interests of us all that the decision of the Government to have two independent terminals shall be approved by this House and the country".—[OFFICIAL REPORT, Welsh Grand Committee, 14th July, 1965; c. 208.] That is quite a long time ago. Would the right hon. Gentleman assure us that the Government are not dragging their feet over this matter?

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelli

I have intimated to Richard Thomas and Baldwins my hope that it will submit its scheme before long, because this is an extremely important matter, as I indicated in the debate referred to by the hon. Gentleman.