HC Deb 29 April 1969 vol 782 cc1145-6
14. Mr. Speed

asked the Minister of Power how many objections, from organisations and individuals, he has re-reived so far to the National Coal Board's proposal for opencast working on the Anker site in North Warwickshire.

Mr. Freeson

Twelve and 183 respectively.

Mr. Speed

Since a number of those objections were made on behalf of thou- snads of people, does the hon. Gentleman realise the widespread concern about this proposal? Could be give a date for and the venue in which the public inquiry is to take place?

Mr. Freeson

I am very much appreciative of the feelings expressed by many people in the locality. As I have indicated, numerous objections have been raised. It would not be right for me to do any more than I did in the debate last Friday and to comment on a matter which is sub judice. We have no date fixed yet, but we hope to appoint one soon.

Mr. Hooley

Would my hon. Friend agree that the Opencast Executive would be better employed clearing up dereliction than creating it?

Mr. Freeson

The Opencast Executive does an excellent job in clearing up dereliction.

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