78. Miss Lee
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if the proposed legislation to compensate for loss of playing fields and other social amenities destroyed by opencast coal mining will be retrospective; and if he can now state when this legislation will be introduced.
§ Mr. Renton
Compensation is already payable to owners and occupiers of playing fields and other social amenities requisitioned for opencast coal mining in accordance with the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, and amending legislation, and my right hon. Friend does not think that there is any present need for new legislation on this point.