§ Mr. David Clark
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will list the total number of acres of opencast coal mining operated under Section 36(2)(b) and (c) of the Coal Industry Act, 1946, in England and Wales for each year since 1947, and what was the comparable figure for the West Riding area;
(2) if he will list the numbers of licences granted under Section 36(2)(b) and (c) of the Coal Industry Act of 1946 for opencast coal-mining in England and Wales in each of the years since 1947, and what are the comparable figures for the West Riding area.
§ Mr. Ridley
These are matters for the National Coal Board; I will ask the Chairman to write to the hon. Member.