HC Deb 06 May 1965 vol 711 cc1535-6
7. Mr. Probert

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what action he will take to provide employment for the 500 men likely to be affected by the closure of Fforchaman Colliery.

Mr. James Griffiths

I understand that discussions are taking place between the National Coal Board and the National Union of Mineworkers on the future of Fforchaman Colliery. If it is decided that the pit should close, I am informed that the National Coal Board expects to be able to offer jobs in other pits in the area to all the men affected, so that there should be virtually no redundancy. However, I recognise the concern of my right hon. Friend about the general employ-

ment position in the Aberdare Valley and I shall be very happy to discuss this with him.

Mr. Probert

I thank my right hon. Friend for the suggestion contained in his Answer. Would not he agree that what is of vital concern to my constituents is the loss of 500 jobs? If the effort to retain the colliery should prove unsuccessful, will he consult his right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade to see what may be done to provide alternative employment?

Mr. Griffiths

I am concerned about this closure and the fact that the number of jobs available would be reduced, particularly for young people. I will bear in mind what my hon. Friend has said. I should like to discuss the matter with him.