§ 49. Sir Cooper Rawson
asked the Minister of Health whether he has any information about a proposal that the Glamorgan County Council should acquire and work a quarry for road-stone; whether he is aware that ample supplies of granite for roads can be obtained from privately-owned quarries in England and Wales; and whether he can give particulars of any municipally-owned quarry which, after allowing for the full costs of management, transport and depreciation of machinery, is producing stone at less than contract prices?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Captain Austin Hudson)
I have been asked to reply. I understand the council have such a proposal in mind, but I have no details; the answer to the second part is in the affirmative. I have not available the particulars asked for in the third part, but where materials obtained by local authorities from their own quarries are used on grant-aided works, my right hon. Friend requires to be satisfied that the prices charged are reasonable.
§ Mr. Morgan Jones
Does not the Minister think that it is best to leave the internal affairs of Glamorgan county to the members of that area?
§ Mr. G. Griffiths
Is the Minister aware that the West Riding has a small quarry which has already brought the price of private stone down by 1s. 6d. per ton?