Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Slievardagh Coalfields.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state if any steps are intended to be taken to develop the Slievardagh coalfields; if there is any information in his Department about the proposed formation of a company; and if, in view of the great amount of unemployment and distress prevailing in the area, he will have this question examined and an early decision given.

The question of what steps can be taken to develop the Slievardagh coalfield is being examined in my Department and there will be no avoidable delay in arriving at a decision.