HC Deb 29 March 1979 vol 965 c301W
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.

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