HC Deb 15 March 1977 vol 928 c132W
Mr. Rost

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will estimate the quantity and quality of newly discovered coal reserves in Warwickshire; whether these reserves can be exploited from existing mines at Daw Mill and Coventry; and what plans are under consideration to develop the new discoveries.

Mr. Eadie

Some 100 million tons of general purpose coal have been added to the reserves for Daw Mill and Coventry collieries as a result of recent exploration. Reserves of a comparable quantity are reckoned to extend further south towards Kenilworth but exploration in this area is incomplete, and no plans can yet be made concerning their future exploitation. Plans are, however, being considered for exploiting the additional reserves available to Daw Mill and Coventry collieries. These could include the construction of a new drift entry at Daw Mill.

Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the coal in the new Warwickshire coalfield; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eadie

The National Coal Board's exploration has proved the existence of more than 200 million tons of workable coal reserves in an area west of Coventry and north of Kenilworth. I welcome this sizeable addition to our coal reserves.