HC Deb 06 April 1965 vol 710 c225
15. Mr. Box

asked the Minister of Power whether he will issue general directions, in the national interest, to the National Coal Board, Wales Gas Board, and the Welsh Electricity Board instructing them to increase their participation it industrial exhibitions.

Mr. John Morris

No. Sir.

Mr. Box

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that none of these nationalised industries is participating in the important industrial exhibition of Wales which is due to take place next month? Is he further aware that over 1,000 overseas visitors have been invited to this exhibition, which is the largest of its kind to originate in the Principality? Will not the Minister reconsider from a prestige point of view, both of the country and of the industries, whether something cannot be done for these nationalised industries to participate in this important exhibition?

Mr. Morris

This is a matter which is best left to the commercial judgment of the Boards on the spot. I notice that the hon. Member shakes his head. A few years ago he made allegations in this House of extravagance and waste by the National Coal Board in Wales, but a year later he admitted that they no longer applied.