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Coal Mining Industry

Volume 983: debated on Thursday 1 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much has been paid in grants since the Coal Industry Act 1977 for the elimination of uneconomic capacity, the number of colliers affected and the miners transferred up to the most recent date for which figures are available; and how much uneconomic capacity remains to be closed.

The grants paid under section 6 of the Coal Industry Act 1977 have been £32 million to date. I am asking the chairman of the National Coal Board to write to my hon. Friend about the other points raised.