HC Deb 05 August 1965 vol 717 cc1851-2
1. Mr. Gibson-Watt

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what further recommendations he has received from Richard Thomas and Baldwins Limited with regard to the iron ore ports; and whether he will make a statement.

The Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Harold Finch)

None. My right hon. Friend has at present nothing to add to the information given during the Welsh Grand Committee debate on 14th July.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

Perhaps I may first refer to the fact that there are hon. Members from both sides of the House receiving bardic honours at the Welsh National Eisteddfodd today—the first time that this has ever happened to so many Members of Parliament. I am sure the House would wish to congratulate them.

With reference to the Question, if and when we do have a report from Richard Thomas and Baldwins, will it be possible to debate the matter further before a final decision is taken?

Mr. Finch

I feel sure that there will be an opportunity for a debate, as we recognise that this is a very important matter. I can assure the hon. Member that Richard Thomas and Baldwins want to decide as soon as possible, but it is not likely to be before October, although we hope that it will not be delayed long after.

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