§ Mr. Mason
asked the Minister of Power if he is aware of the importance of the National Coal Board playing a 74W full part in getting rid of colliery spoil-heaps either by flattening or beautification and camouflage; and whether he will issue a general direction to the National Coal Board to collaborate closely with local authorities to try and get rid of them faster than is already planned.
§ Mr. Wood
I think this is important and the National Coal Board is willing to undertake, in consultation with local planning authorities, a continuing programme of minor works to improve the appearance of colliery spoil-heaps. I do not think it would be right for me to ask it to do more at present.