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House of Commons Hansard
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26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the estimated (a) operating reserves and (b) proved recoverable reserves are of coal in each coalfield in the UK. [301750]

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The following table summarises the estimated operating reserves and proved recoverable reserves of coal by former British Coal regions as at August 2009. Figures by coalfield are commercially sensitive and for that reason cannot be provided.

Million tonnes

England

Central North

Central West

Northern

Scotland

Wales

Total

Operating reserves1,2

95

19

26

50

197

387

Proved recoverable reserves3

1,389

568

578

75

157

2,767

1 Includes mines currently in the planning process.

2 Does not include closed mines that are still in licence.

3 Includes sites that are well developed, fully and partly proved and those with potential prospects.

Source:

The Coal Authority