HC Deb 17 June 1974 vol 875 cc21-2
22. Mr. Alison

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he is satisfied with the adequacy of the terms of compensation for farmers and others affected by mining subsidence.

Mr. Eadie

I am not aware of any great dissatisfaction with the way the National Coal Board discharges its liability under the Coal-Mining (Subsidence) Act 1957.

Mr. Alison

Does the hon. Gentleman think it reasonable that losses in quantity and quality of crops, and other consequential losses should, when large-scale mining subsidence occurs, be made eligible for compensation?

Mr. Eadie

The hon. Gentleman knows, I think, that an inter-departmental group is studying that matter. The subject is very complex and the Department has had to give higher priority to more pressing matters, but I hope to receive the report in the next few weeks.