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Limestone, Sand And Gravel

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will indicate the estimated reserves of sand and gravel in England outside marine areas and the anticipated requirements for these minerals in 1990 and 2000.

The estimated permitted reserves of sand and gravel in England totalled 965 million tonnes on 1 January 1982. The demand for sand and gravel in England was forecast in 1981 to be between 62 and 86 million tonnes per annum in 1990. No forecast has yet been made for the year 2000.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many (a) limestone quarries and (b) sand and gravel sites are currently being worked in the United Kingdom; and if he will list the new quarries or sites that have been authorised in the past two years.

There are approximately 360 limestone quarries and 1,180 sand and gravel sites currently being worked in England, Wales and Scotland. Records are not kept centrally of sites granted planning permission in the past two years.