HC Deb 19 February 1951 vol 484 cc149-50W
119. Mr. G. Roberts

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware of the concern felt in the slate quarrying industry, particularly in North Wales, about the delay in the delivery of dust suppression plant to the quarries; and if he will take steps to expedite delivery.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Experiments with improved methods of dust suppression were only completed in September, 1949, when the slate-mine and quarry owners agreed that dust extraction equipment should be installed generally at undertakings. Three installations have been completed and other places are partially equipped. There have been delays at some undertakings, the reason for which is not quite clear. The matter is under investigation by H.M. Inspectors of Mines, with a view to improving the rate of progress.