HC Deb 09 July 1968 vol 768 cc202-3
10. Mr. Eadie

asked the Minister of Power what further consultations have taken place between his Department and the National Coal Board on future pit closures in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mason

I am kept informed by the National Coal Board about the position in Scotland. I understand that the Unions have been informed that three collieries are to close in July.

Mr. Eadie

Is my right hon. Friend aware that future pit closures in Scotland are causing great anxiety amongst miners in view of their effects on future employment? What consideration has he given to the policy of the miners' union, which was to underwrite the present coalmining industry?

Mr. Mason

I shall certainly be taking a fresh look at the coal policy and, as a first step, I shall be receiving the General Secretary and the President of the N.U.M. on Friday morning.