§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Polish authorities regarding their willingness to supply coal for United Kingdom consumption; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
The Polish authorities have been interested for some time in the possibility of long-term arrangements for the supply of Polish coal to the United Kingdom market. Consequently I and officials of my Department have had a number of discussions with them on this subject over the past year.