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Coal Industry

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with senior executives in the coal industry in Wales; and if he will make a statement. (95230)

I receive regular updates from a number of executives within the coal industry.

The Government will convene the first Coal Forum on 14 November to bring together coal-fired generators, coal producers and suppliers, power plant suppliers, trade unions and small businesses, in order to help them find solutions to secure the long-term future of coal-fired power generation and coal production in the UK.