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ONE of the county's MPs has called on the Secretary of State for Wales Paul Murphy to help quarries that are having difficulties obtaining the compulsory employer liability insurance.

Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnor, highlighted the problems faced by small quarries that have had to make workers redundant due to their inability to renew their employerliability cover. Mr Williams said, ``The insurance industry needs to be investigated to find out why they are not willing to provide employer's liability compulsory insurance for small quarries and mines.

``A written answer to my question to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry stated that there is no statutory requirement on the insurance industry to provide such cover. We must find out why they are unwilling to provide it and then rectify the situation.'' He added, ``In a rural area such as Brecon and Radnorshire every job is important and the closure of a quarry will mean the loss of jobs that are difficult to replace.''
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 29, 2002
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