HC Deb 30 January 1945 vol 407 cc1300-1W
Mr. M. MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether it has now been decided to continue working the feldspar quarries in the Isle of Harris after the war; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Johnston

The feldspar quarries in the Isle of Harris have been worked during the war on behalf of the Ministry of Supply. The Scottish Council on Industry are in consultation with the Ministry of Supply, the Geological Survey and other authorities examining the possibilities of utilising these feldspar deposits after the war. Whether the Harris spar can continue to find a market in peacetime will no doubt depend primarily on price and other factors which cannot yet be fully foreseen.