HC Deb 08 June 1981 vol 6 cc41-2W
Mr. Pawsey

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the Town and Country Planning (Minerals) Bill [Lords] on companies engaged in mineral extraction; what representations hit has received from such companies; and to what effect.

Mr. Giles Shaw

We have received more than 100 representations from companies engaged in mineral extraction, principally about the provisions to reduce the amount of compensation payable when a minerals planning authority impose up-to-date conditions on a site where mineral working is already taking place. In the light of these representations, the Committee considering the Bill accepted a Government amendment to limit this amount in most cases to 10 per cent. of a notional value of the right to work minerals at the site in question. The value will be assessed in accordance with a formula to be set out in regulations and approved by Parliament. As I told the Committee, we have applied the formula we have in mind to a sample of some 10 per cent. of all mineral working hereditaments, with the following results:

Percentage Reduction in Compensation
35* £2,500–£4,000
Next 15 £4,000–£8,000
Next 20 £8,000–£20,000
Next 20 £20,000–£40,000
10† £40,000–£100,000
* Sites with lowest notional value.
† Sites with highest notional value.