HC Deb 16 February 1970 vol 796 c9W
73. Mr. David Steel

asked the Minister of Technology whether he will seek to introduce a system of direct grants to unremunerative coal pits similar to those given to unremunerative railway lines, to assist the National Coal Board in its operations.

Mr. Alan Williams

The two cases are not parallel and we are satisfied that the assistance now being given to the coal industry is substantially in the form best suited to its particular needs.

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