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Opencast Mining

Volume 888: debated on Thursday 13 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the cost of agricultural restoration per ton of opencast coal in each year from 1957 to 1974.

Annual cost per ton of restoration and compensation in respect of land used for opencast working by the National Coal Board was as follows:

£

19570·20
19580·20
19590·20
19600·20
19610·19
19620·18
1963–64 (15 months)0·17
1964–650·16
1965–660·15
1966–670·15
1967–680·17
1968–690·19
1969–700·19
1970–710·19
1971–720·19
1972–730·24
1973–740·24

It is not possible to apportion the cost between restoration and compensation or to provide separate figures for land restored to agriculture without disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the total tonnage of opencast coal produced in each year from 1957 to 1974.

This information was published in Table 1 of the Statistical Supplement to the National Coal Board's Report and Accounts for 1973–74, and in Table 17 of the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics for 1974, copies of which are in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what acreage of restored land following opencast operations was restored to agriculture in each year from 1957 to 1974.

The total acreage of land restored in each year by the National Coal Board following opencast operations was as follows:

19576,306
19586,191
19595,942
196015,439
19612,662
19624,629
19635,070
19646,086
19655,422
19664,562
19673,412
19681,656
19691,096
1970972
19711,351
19721,671
19731,367
1974801
(up to end of June)

It is not possible to obtain separate figures for land restored to agriculture without disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what amount of new land was taken each year from 1957 to 1974 to use for opencast coal operations.

The acreage taken by the National Coal Board in each year was as follows:

19578,167
19588,501
1959507
19601,995
1961952
19621,069
19631,728
19642,164
19651,949
19662,835
19672,258
19681,378
19692,506
19703,825
19714,546
19722,713
19732,543
19741,851

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the total acreage of land in the United Kingdom on which opencast coal operations have taken place.

154,586 acres, including land handed over to contractors for working up to 30th June 1974.