§ Mr. Woodall
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what additional financial support the Government have agreed to give the National Coal Board for the financial year; and what are the implications for the DEN 3 cash limit.
§ Mr. Eadie
, pursuant to his replies [Official Report, 24 November 1978; Vol. 958, c. 779–80, and 22 February 1979; Vol. 963, c. 307–8], gave the following further information:
The DEN 3 cash limit for 1978–79 has now been reduced from £79.1 million to £75 million with the ending, as from 1 March 1979, of the coalburn arrangements between the NCB and the CEGB announced on 11 October 1978.
I also informed the House on 24 November 1978 that the grants agreed for the NCB for 1978–79 would include a subsidy for coking coal. The amount of this subsidy will now be £7.7 million. No change in the National Coal Board's overall cash limit of £625 million for 1978–79 is involved.