§ 136. Mr. S. O. Davies
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will now reconsider his decision of three months ago to cease production at the oil plant, Dowlais, which rendered 180 men unemployed, having regard to the fact that his reason no longer holds good because no step has been taken to use the plant or any part of it for the purpose which he alleged necessitated its closing down.
§ Mr. Shinwell
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Food cannot reconsider his decision to close this factory, which was originally taken on grounds quite unconnected with the supply of gas. The water gas plants in the factory are still required in connection with the scheme for the supply of gas for local industry. I regret 227W the delay in the commencement of the work of adaptation. Three months ago the gas company was offered a loan under the Distribution of Industry Act covering the cost of the work and pressure is being put upon them to start the work without further delay.