To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on present planning procedures as they affect Welsh opencast coal sites.
Procedures for handling mineral planning applications, including opencast coal sites, are set out in the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 (S.I. 1988, No. 1813). Advice on handling specific development proposals is given in minerals planning guidance note No. 3, "Open Cast Coal Mining", issued in May 1988.