HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 c262W
Mr. Heddle

asked the Attorney-General in view of the fact that the Department of Energy's explanatory leaflet, 1974, records that the Coal Mining (Subsidence) Act 1957 is complicated because it has to cover the large variety of cases which may arise, if he will ensure that legal aid is available for all those cases where claimants for compensation are not satisfied that the area office of the National Coal Board has dealt satisfactorily with their claims and thereupon exercise the right referred to in the 1974 edition of the departmental leaflet to take legal proceedings.

The Solicitor-General

Subject to the general rules governing eligibility, such legal aid is already available.