HC Deb 12 March 1951 vol 485 c1056
41. Mr. J. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many acres in Shropshire it is expected will be used for opencast coal mining in the next five years; where this land is situated; and what percentage has been used for agricultural purposes since 1939.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

The acreage which will be required for the opencast working of coal in Shropshire during the next five years largely depends on the results of future prospecting. I regret, therefore, that I am not able to make any estimate.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether all these activities, past, present and future, have the specific approval of the Minister of Agriculture?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, Sir. We always work in the closest co-operation.