§ Mr. Mates
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the contracts, with the subject of the assignment, awarded to management consultancy or accounting firms by his Department in 1985, with the name of the consultants concerned.10W
liaison arrangements with the local community when deciding whether to approve applications for authorisation of opencast coalmining sites.
§ Mr. Tracey
Local liaison committees can provide a useful forum to deal with any matters arising in connection with mineral operations and provide an opportunity for views and information to be exchanged between the operator and those most closely affected; their establishment is to be encouraged. However, the setting up of a liaison committee and the terms under which it operates are essentially matters for local negotiation and agreement.