§ 42. Dr. Little
asked the Minister of Supply whether he will have samples taken in additional districts of Northern Ireland where there are deposits of iron ore, with a view to the establishment of what would be a valuable war industry in Ulster?
The iron ore measures in Northern Ireland have been investigated generally; the deposits at a particular 1415 spot appeared to be the most promising, and special steps were, therefore, taken to determine the quality and quantity of the ironstone in this area. I am advised that no other area would justify similar special investigation.
§ Sir Hugh O'Neill
Is the Minister aware that up to about 20 years ago there were very considerable shipments of low-grade iron ore from County Antrim to Middlesbrough, where it was mixed with Bilbao ore of a higher grade; and if there is a shortage of iron ore, could not anything be done to resuscitate this industry?
That is the purpose of the investigation which is now going on in this particular place.