HC Deb 26 June 1980 vol 987 cc249-50W
Mr. Albert Roberts

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the agreement reached at the recent Venice summit meeting to reduce the consumption of oil and to encourage the use of coal, what she proposes to do to bring about an increase of coal production in view of the financial constraints embodied in the Coal Industry Bill.

The Prime Minister

The Coal Industry Bill provides for continued substantial investment in coal production and aims to develop an efficient and competitive coal industry, able to take full advantage of the opportunities open to it.