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Colliery Closures

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the collieries closed since May 1979 in Scotland; and if he will give details of the numbers of jobs lost at each colliery.

The Scottish collieries that have closed since May 1979 are named in the table. In each case the numbers of jobs recorded refer to men on the colliery books at the end of the previous financial year. I understand that there have been no compulsory redundancies associated with these closures.

Year and collieryMen on colliery books
1980–81
Lady Victoria638
Roger86
1981–82
Bedley697
Kinneil547
Polmaise271
1983–84
Cardowan1,092
Highhouse301
Sorn202
1986–87
Comrie534
Polkemmet35

Year and colliery

Men on colliery books

1987–88

Seafield/Frances647

1988–89

Barony403
Solsgirth805

1989–90

Bilston Glen (including Monktonhall)731