HC Deb 19 April 1955 vol 540 cc15-6
27. Mr. Willis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what research has been conducted into the problem of removing the high phosphorous content of the magnetite deposit in Tiree, with a view to enabling it to be worked commercially.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. James Stuart)

Specific research of this kind would be a matter for the industry concerned.

Mr. Willis

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider trying to get somebody interested in this matter, or try to promote some research by the Glasgow Technical College on this matter?

Mr. Stuart

From his previous experience, the hon. Member may know that some research was carried out during the war by the Ministry of Supply, which is prepared to make the information which it possesses available to any serious inquirer.

Major McCallum

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the commercial development of any mineral on the island of Tiree would be quite impossible while the present conditions exist at the pier?

Mr. Stuart

That would be taken into account.

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