HC Deb 05 November 1968 vol 772 c681
3. Sir B. Rhys Williams

asked the Minister of Power what estimates he has made of the value of capital that will have to be written off in the period 1968–69 within the coal industry as a result of pit closures.

Mr. Freeson

Of the £129 million written off from the Reserve Fund in the N.C.B.'s 1967–68 Accounts about £38 million was for pit closures expected in 1968–69.

Sir B. Rhys Williams

Is the hon. Member prepared to lay before the House the plans for pit closures expected this winter?

Mr. Freeson

That is another question.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is the Minister aware that in my constituency, where there have been extensive pit closures, they are advertising for coal miners? Would he comment on that?

Mr. Freeson

I hope that the advertising and recruiting campaign will be effective, but it is not germane to the Question.

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