HC Deb 07 June 1946 vol 423 cc400-1W
Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware of the difficulties in obtaining machinery and other technical equipment for collieries in South Wales; and if he will provide factories in South Wales to produce mining equipment.

Mr. Shinwell

Difficulties are from time to time encountered in supplying particular terns required by the South Wales collieries. These in the main are not due to a shortage of capacity in the mining equipment industry, which is being steadily expanded in South Wales as elsewhere; they are due to the very high demand from all sources for components and general engineering supplies, of which mining and mining equipment production are not the sole consumers. The Departments concerned will be prepared to consider proposals from industrialists for the provision of factories in South Wales to produce such supplies.