HC Deb 14 December 1933 vol 284 c558W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that coal is being transported by rail from Monmouthshire to Cardiff docks for shipment although the Newport docks are nearer, with the result that there is less employment at Newport docks; and whether he will have inquiry made as to the possibility of adjusting this matter so that the men at Newport may get 'a share of this employment?


I am aware of the fact set out in the first part of the question. I have already been approached on this matter, but, as the coal trade is free to ship where it pleases, I have no power to intervene.