HC Deb 19 February 1968 vol 759 c32
74. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Labour how many men he estimates will lose their jobs in South Ayrshire following the proposed closure of the mines at Kames Colliery, Muirkirk, and Beoch Colliery, Dalmellington; and what action he is taking to find alternative employment for them.

Mr. Fernyhough

It is estimated that about 250 men will become redundant when the Kames and Beoch collieries close. My local officers will do all they can to help these men to find other work and will offer training facilities where appropriate.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Will my hon. Friend keep in mind the fact that there is great anxiety in these isolated places about alternative employment not being ready by the time a pit closes? This presents a serious problem both in Muirkirk and the Doon Valley? Can he assure us about his energy and intentions in this matter?

Mr. Fernyhough

My hon. Friend of all people ought not to want reassuring about my energy and interest in this matter.