§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he is satisfied that under current legislation those property owners, landowners or tenants who are likely to be affected by the possibility of subsidence caused by coal mining are given adequate means of notice of the commencement of such operations by the National Coal Board; and what methods are used to serve such notices.
§ Mr. John Moore
[pursuant to his reply, 16 April 1981, c. 259]: The National Coal Board is required by section 2 of the Coal Industry Act 1975 to publish a notice which indicates the land from which support is to be withdrawn. The notice is published in the London Gazette and on two successive weeks in newspapers circulating in the district. In addition, notice is served on every local planning authority in whose area any part of the land lies and copies are placed conspicuously on the land to which the notice relates. I am satisfied that these arrangements are adequate.