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Opencast Mining

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the composition of the steering group appointed to guide the work of the study funded by his Department into land reclamation and opencast mining in north-west Leicestershire; if he will make it his policy to ensure the adequate representation of the local community on the steering group; and if he will make a statement.

The steering group guiding the feasibility study of reclamation and after-use opportunities for derelict land and other mineral-bearing vacant sites in the Ashby Woulds and Donisthorpe area consists of officers of Leicestershire county council, north-west Leicestershire district council and my Department together with representatives of the British Coal Opencast Executive, A. F. Budge (Mining) Ltd., and Hepworth Building Products Ltd. The local authority members of the steering group take account of the interests of the local community.