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National Coal Board (Expenditure)

Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether, pursuant to the Chief Secretary's answer to the hon. Member for Melton on 1st November 1976, the National Coal Board has yet indicated to him in precise terms the specific savings it intends to make in 1977–78 to achieve reductions of £20 million at 1976 survey prices and, if so, what its proposals are.

It is for the National Coal Board to decide precisely how it will achieve the reduction of £20 million so that capital expenditure does not exceed the allocation that has been agreed.