HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 c1287
56. Dr. Little

asked the Minister of Supply what was the percentage of iron in the samples of iron ore taken in County Down; and whether he will explore still further in that region with the object of taking additional samples for testing?

Sir A. Duncan

The samples taken from this field showed great variations. The excavations are at present waterlogged, but I am prepared to consider further sampling when conditions become favourable.

Dr. Little

How many samples of iron ore were taken, and was the percentage arrived at the average of the analyses of these samples?

Sir A. Duncan

Quite a number of samples were taken. These veins are very small, and one must consider much more than the actual content of a particular sample. The accessibility in quantity of the ore is a matter of vital importance.