HC Deb 25 October 1973 vol 861 c706W
Miss Joan Hall

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will send a general direction to the National Coal Board to give permission to owners of private coal mines who wish to do so to expand their production and operations.

Mr. Emery

No. This is a matter for the board to determine under the provisions of the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946.