HC Deb 10 November 1942 vol 383 c2247
36. Mr. Brooks

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether full compensation will be paid to farmers where crops have been destroyed by the outcroping of coal; and whether the Government will bear the cost of draining the land and making it possible for cultivation again?

Major Lloyd George

Where opencast working of coal takes place on surface land compulsorily acquired for that purpose, compensation is payable under the terms of Regulation 21 of Defence Regulations and the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, Section 3. In all cases every effort is made to restore the land surface as working terminates, but to the extent that this is not effected compensation is payable for damage.