HC Deb 11 February 1980 vol 978 c423W
21. Mr. Strang

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much support the British coal industry received from the European Community in 1979 in the form of grants and loans.

Mr. John Moore

In 1979 the National Coal Board received loans from the ECSC amounting to £151 million. It signed research contracts with the ECSC to the value of £6 million. The NCB and the Government jointly received £7.4 million in re-adaption grants to help areas where there are colliery closures.