asked the Prime Minister what assessment the Government have made of the effect on the outcome of the recent coal industry dispute of Government policies introduced since 1979.
I am glad that the dispute is over and that the coal industry is quickly returning to normal working. Since 1979 the Government have invested over £4 billion in the coal industry, and have provided £4 billion in grant support. Our approach to the industry's future has always been very positive. I hope that everyone in the industry will now join us in working to secure a healthy, efficient and prosperous industry able to take advantage of the opportunities available to coal.