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Coal Board (Farmland Purchase)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what acreage of farmland in the United Kingdom has been purchased by the Coal Board during the last six months; what price was paid; and what is the purpoe of these purchases.

These questions do not fall within the competence of my Department but are for the National Coal Board. I have asked the chairman to write to my hon. Friend.