asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the representations he has received concerning his decision on the mining of coal in the Vale of Belvoir.
As at 17 May, my right hon. Friend has received 13 letters. Those from the National Union of Mineworkers and the North-West Leicestershire district council expressed concern at the effect of his decision on the mining industry and in particular on the employment prospects of mineworkers. Of the members of the public who wrote, seven supported the decision and four disagreed with it.