HC Deb 24 February 1966 vol 725 cc599-600
3. Mr. Probert

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether, in the preparation of the Plan for Wales, he will ask the Welsh Planning Board to consider the Aberdare-Hirwaun area as one for possible industrial and urban expansion.

Mr. James Griffiths

Yes, Sir. With the completion later this year of the Heads of the Valleys Road and with the road improvements which I announced last November, this area will have good access both to the Midlands and to South-West Wales. Its labour resources should also help to make it attractive for further industrial development. I can assure my hon. Friend that the Welsh Planning Board will bear these advantages very much in mind.

Mr. Probert

I thank my right hon. Friend for that very encouraging reply, but will he consider also the possibility of this area as an effective counter-attraction to the possible conurbation now growing up in and around Cardiff and South Glamorganshire?

Mr. Griffiths

I am deeply concerned about the future of the Valleys. I attach great importance to the completion of the Heads of the Valleys Road to Hirwaun and its extension beyond that to South-West Wales. I hope that this will make the Valleys much more attractive because their communications will be so much improved.