HC Deb 28 May 1968 vol 765 cc1526-7
26. Mr. Hooley

asked the Minister of Power what proportion of the revenues of the National Coal Board are devoted to the clearance of land or buildings left derelict on account of closed or abandoned collieries.

Mr. Gunter

This information is not available as a separate item in the Board's accounts. It forms part of general expenses in Table 2 to the Board's published accounts, which totalled £74 million in 1966–67.

Mr. Hooley

Since the figure in my right hon. Friend's Answer obviously contains a great many diverse items, and in view of the importance to areas like Yorkshire and Humberside of the clearance of land and buildings left derelict, would not my right hon. Friend agree that we should know exactly what revenues the N.C.B. is expending for this socially extremely important purpose?

Mr. Gunter

The detailed information required by my hon. Friend is not available. I understand that detailed inquiries would have to be made in each of the 17 areas to provide the information. I suggest that if my hon. Friend has a word with, or writes to, Lord Robens he might get further help.