HC Deb 05 February 1947 vol 432 cc373-4W
Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Transport it he is aware that considerable inconvenience is caused to many people in West Wales through lack of suitable transport to convey them between their homes and their places of employment; that in some cases the horns agreed between the management and the trade unions cannot be worked because of transport difficulties; and if he will take the necessary steps to improve the position.

Mr. Barnes

I assume that my hon. Friend refers to difficulties at the Fforestfach Trading Estate and at the I.C.I. factory at Waunarlwydd. In regard to the former, a proposal to introduce a new road service between Swansea and the estate will he heard by the area traffic commissioners at a public sitting shortly, and the possibility of staggering the hours of work at the estate is also being examined. The immediate problem at Waunarlwydd is a question of fares, and

A. B. C. D. E. F.
Description Stock held in Depots 31st August, 1945 Stock held in Depots 31st December, 1946. Quantity cleared by Ministry of Supply up to 31st December 1946. Taken over and awaiting clearance by Ministry of Supply from Depots. Balance remaining in Depots for maintenance and reserves.
Barbed Wire:
(a) Tons 15,738 5,077 10,661 934 4,143
(b) Miles 94,428 30,462 63,966 5,604 24,858
Concertina Wire
(a) Tons 62,972 28,472 34.500 20,398 8,074
(b) Miles 31,486 14,236 17,250 10,194 4,042

this matter was dealt with by the commissioners at a public sitting at Swansea, on 30th January

Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that difficulties are being caused at the Hirwaun Trading Estate, Glamorganshire, by the inadequate transport facilities now provided for the employees; that further intake of labour is prejudiced through lack of transport; and whether, in view of the widespread unemployment that exists in the area, he will take immediate steps to deal with this matter.

Mr. Barnes

I have now written to my hon. Friend on this subject pointing out that a solution of the difficulties lies in the direction of a greater use of the rail facilities available and a staggering of working hours at the trading estate.

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