HC Deb 15 March 1938 vol 333 c203
33. Mr. Jenkins

asked the Secretary for Mines what steps are being taken to prevent an extension of the damage already done to the land near Corby, Northamptonshire, where ironstone mining operations are in progress?

Captain Crookshank

I would remind the hon. Member that my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Health, has recently appointed a committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Kennet: To consider and report on the problems raised by the destruction of agricultural land as the result of the excavation of iron ore in Northamptonshire and the neighbouring counties, and to advise what measures shall' be taken for the future utilisation of this land to the best advantage, whether by restoration or otherwise, and how the necessary expenditure should be met.

Sir J. Lamb

Will this extend to other areas? Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the case of the Midlands?

Captain Crookshank

The committee's reference relates to: iron ore in Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties, but any question about it had better be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health.