HC Deb 16 November 1971 vol 826 cc213-4
Q8. Mr. Holland

asked the Prime Minister when he proposes to visit the county of Nottinghamshire; and in particular that part which falls within the Parliamentary constituency of Carlton.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so.

Mr. Holland

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the pioneering work which has been done in Nottinghamshire in the provision of sports and leisure facilities and in the provision of specialised housing for the elderly? Would he bear in mind the desirability of giving support and encouragement to the local authorities concerned by seeing for himself what has been done?

The Prime Minister

I am aware of those facts. Of course I would gladly support what my hon. Friend said about the valuable work which is being done, particularly at the Carlton Forum Sports Centre, where there is a very good example of the local education authority working closely with the urban district council to produce these facilities, and about what is now being done to help old people by providing new homes for them.

Mr. Concannon

When the right hon. Gentleman next visits Nottingham would he care to call at the headquarters of the National Union of Mineworkers in Nottinghamshire, which has 40,000 members in Nottinghamshire, and which has made nearly £ 300 million profit since nationalisation, and try to explain to the Nottinghamshire miners why their real wages keep going down and the Government intend putting their iron fist on the miners' latest wage claim?

The Prime Minister

Wherever I go round the country, I usually have the opportunity of meeting the leaders of the trade union movement. This I value, and I am prepared to meet them if opportunity offers in Nottinghamshire.

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