HC Deb 08 November 1971 vol 825 cc637-8
42. Mr. Alec Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what studies he has made of the effect on South Wales of the removal of the headquarters of British Railways Territory number 7.

Mr. Peter Thomas:

A removal of the headquarters from Cardiff would mean a significant loss of clerical jobs in the area. I have taken steps to ensure that this consideration is fully taken into account before any decision is reached.

Mr. Jones:

I welcome the activity of the Secretary of State in at last deciding to protect the interests of jobs in South Wales. Hon. Members on both sides— certainly Welsh Members—are convinced that it is absolutely essential to keep this headquarters in Cardiff, not only for the sake of jobs but for the sake of the railway services which are so essential to the Welsh economy.

Mr. Thomas:

I certainly agree that this is important, and the British Railways Board has been informed of the views which have been expressed about it.

Mr. Speaker:

Perhaps it would not be inappropriate for me to express my gratitude to hon. Members from Welsh constituencies that today we have reached the end of the Welsh Questions on the Order Paper.