HC Deb 15 December 1958 vol 597 c144W
77. Mr. Mason

asked the Paymaster-General, in view of the high level of coal stocks at the present moment, to what extent he intends to persist with his authorisation of opencast coalmining operations in the western area of Notton.

Sir I. Horobin

No authorisation has been given for the working of coal in this area. My noble Friend does not propose to withdraw the authority under which the National Coal Board is at present carrying out prospecting operations.