HC Deb 02 July 1962 vol 662 cc4-5W
48. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Minister of Power if he will take steps to prevent the permanent closure of the Bynea steelworks, Llanelly, at which 750 workmen are employed and for whom no alternative employment is available within reach of their homes.

Mr. Wood

My powers to take the steps suggested would, under Section 5 (4) of the 1953 Act, involve accepting substantial responsibility for these steelworks. I could only exercise them if it appeared to me, after consulting the Iron and Steel Board, that the production facilities in question ought to be kept in use in the national interest. This is not the case. The Iron and Steel Board tells me there is ample capacity at other British steel plants to meet the foreseeable demand for the products of the Bynea Steelworks.