HC Deb 30 January 1952 vol 495 c177
26. Air Commodore A. V. Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what were the reasons for the closing of the Kajang Kemaman tin mine; and on whose authority were these instructions given.

Mr. Lyttelton

The Kajang Kemaman tin mine is isolated, its approach roads are vulnerable to attack, and its protection involved greater call on police than its importance justified. The mine was closed by the Mentri Besar of Trengganu, with the concurrence of the Director of operations, under Emergency Regulation No. 17 FA. The possibility of making the approach roads safer is under examination.

Air Commodore Harvey

In view of the decline in tin production and its importance in our economic affairs, can my right hon. Friend say when the tin mine is likely to be re-opened?

Mr. Lyttelton

It is entirely a question of the calls upon the police. It appears to us that the best thing is to try to make the approach road safer, and that is being undertaken. I cannot give my hon. and gallant Friend a date.

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