§ 101. Sir C. Edwards
asked the Minister of Labour what is the position of the Grenfell factory at Aberbargoed, Mon.; whether it is completed; whether a tenant is prepared to commence operations; the number of men suffering from silicosis and other diseases peculiar to mining in the immediate area surrounding the above factory, namely, New Tredegar, Pengam, Blackwood, Bargoed, etc.; and what are the prospects of suitable work being found for these men at that factory.
§ Mr. Ness Edwards
The Grenfell factory at Aberbargoed which is almost complete has been let and is expected to begin working within the next few weeks. It is estimated that the peak labour force will be 150 men and 24 women, and that at least one-half of the total will be pneumokoniosis cases. The number of men suffering from pneumokoniosis and silicosis who were unemployed on 17th May, 1948, at the places named was 300; separate figures for other mining diseases are not available.