HC Deb 11 February 1980 vol 978 cc448-9W
40. Mr. Dorman

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consultations he is having concerning the development of safer rails for coal mine haulage systems.

Mr. Mayhew

Consultations with the National Coal Board, the British Steel Corporation and other interested parties have resulted in the development of a new type of rail for trials in coal mine-haulage systems.

The board has placed initial orders for the rail, which is to be tested in selected mines.

I have asked the chairman of the National Coal Board to write to the hon. Member.