Mr Robert Redmond: Is my hon. Friend aware of the fact that there are a number of people who consider that crash barriers are dangerous in that they bounce vehicles back into the carriageway? Has the Department considered the possibility of digging pits in the central area, in which case vehicles would go into them and not on to either carriageway?
Mr Robert Redmond: I should begin by craving the indulgence of the House for a maiden speech. I feel that I ought to do so with far more than the usual sincerity and perhaps some temerity. There is a rather unfortunate precedent about maiden speeches in my family, if I may use the word in its widest sense. The late John Redmond came here in February 1881, as the result of a by-election. On his very first day...
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Minister of Technology, whether, in view of the critical conditions in the forthcoming winter in many smokeless zones as a result of inadequate supplies of smokeless fuel, he will approve, as a matter of urgency, a crash programme by the National Coal Board to increase opencast mining, particularly in South Wales, to produce larger supplies of anthracite.
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my hon. Friend say how long it will take before extra anthracite becomes available from these sites? Is he aware that many houses in Bolton, and probably elsewhere, have appliances which simply cannot burn anything but smokeless fuel or anthracite?