5. Mr. Philips Price
asked the Minister of Supply whether he has considered the statement of the Steel Company of Wales, Ltd., a copy of which has been sent to him, to the effect that the problem of redundancy of labour in the tinplate industry might arise, in view of the modernisation of the industry in South Wales; and whether, in view of the effect this may have on employment at Lydney and the Forest of Dean, generally, he will consult with those concerned with a view to enabling the industry to continue in this area.
§ Mr. Sandys
The purpose of the new tinplate works at Trostre and those to be built at Velindre is to replace hand tinplate works by more up to date plant. I am advised that the Steel Company of Wales intend for the present to keep the works at Lydney in production.
While thanking the Minister for that reply, which I am sure will be received with modified satisfaction in the Forest of Dean, may I ask him whether he will also bear in mind that the Forest of Dean is an area where old industries—especially coal—are slowly petering out, and now we hear of tinplate moving? Will the Minister consider the possibility of making the Forest of Dean a Development Area under the Distribution of Industry Act, because that might do something to obviate the danger which we all see coming?