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National Coal Board Farms

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will instruct the National Coal Board to sell off the National Coal Board farms.

I understand that the policy of the National Coal Board, which it has pursued for many years, is to sell agricultural land which is surplus to its future deepmined and opencast operational requirements. Under this policy the Board sold 1,700 acres in 1978–79.