§ 2. Mr. David Griffiths
asked the Minister of Power what has been the total amount paid to date to the former coal owners for the mineral rights of the various coalfields.
§ Mr. Freeson
The total amount paid in respect of the mineral rights transferred to the Coal Commission under the Coal Act, 1938, was about £68½ million. This includes interest less Income Tax from 1st July, 1942, the vesting date, until the compensation was fully satisfied.
§ Mr. Griffiths
This is another instance of there being no question of public indignation about the amount of compensation for mineral rights which has been given to these people.