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Coal Industry (Eec Funds)

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what allocations of EEC funds have been made to assist development of the coal industry in Scotland in (a) the medium term and (b) the longer term; and what proportion these will be of the overall allocations to the industry in the United Kingdom.

Substantial loans have been made by the ECSC to the NCB for groups of colliery projects and for other expenditures which are not specific to particular pits. In most cases these loans cannot be ascribed to individual projects or areas, but they have covered groups which included projects at Bogside and Frances/Seafield in Scotland. In addition, the Board has received grants for research and development from the Community, but again it is not possible to attribute the assistance these might provide to the development of particular parts of the United Kingdom coal industry.