§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if his Department has received a copy of "North-east Leicestershire coalfield. The Vale of Belvoir—the case against coal mining in this valuable and attractive agricultural area" produced by Leicestershire county council; what study has been made of it; and if he will make a statement.467W
§ Mr. Fox
My right hon. Friend has received a copy of the county council's document, which is a restatement of evidence which it gave at the public local inquiry into the National Coal Board's proposals. The report of the inspector who conducted the inquiry is currently under consideration and a decision will be reached as soon as possible.