HC Deb 26 November 1973 vol 865 cc15-6W
Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the oil equivalent of the estimated reserves in recently discovered but untapped coalfields.

Mr. Tom Boardman

Responsibility for exploration and proving of reserves rests with the National Coal Board, which has recently commenced a greatly expanded programme of exploration. The estimation of workable reserves involves extensive borings and geological studies, and realistic estimates cannot be made till these are completed. I will write to the right hon. Member when further information on recently discovered reserves is available.

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