§ 7. Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Supply what was the average tonnage of ironstone quarried in North Oxfordshire in 1940-45; and what tonnage was quarried in 1949.
§ Mr. G. R. Strauss
The average tonnage of ironstone quarried in North Oxfordshire in the years 1940-45 inclusive was 1.200,000 tons a year. In 1949 the tonnage quarried was 800,000.
§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
Have the Government any plans to reduce unemployment still further by quarrying this ironstone in Oxfordshire?
§ Mr. Strauss
We do not quarry this ironstone. It is quarried by the iron and steel industry. I do not know whether the hon. Member is anxious that we should take responsibility for it as soon as possible.