asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the applications for financial assistance made to EEC institutions on behalf of the National Coal Board (a) before 28th February 1974, and (b) after 28th February 1974, stating the result of the application in each case.
No such applications were made prior to 28th February 1974. An application for £10·44 million readaptation aid under Article 56 of the Treaty of Paris was made on 19th November 1974. This has just been approved. Applications for capital assistance to the coal industry are made by the NCB direct to EEC institutions.