To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of opencast coal planning applications, size and location of sites in Northumberland and Durham submitted in each year since 1990 and those which have received approval.
This information is not held centrally. According to statistics published by the County Planning Officers Society's committee No. 3, however, the information is as follows:
|Number of applications||Area (hectares)||Tonnage (thousands)|