HC Deb 26 January 1987 vol 109 cc56-7W
31. Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his most recent estimate of investment in the coal industry in 1986–87; how this compares with 1978–79; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Hunt

British Coal's investment approval for 1986–87 is £650 million, £169 million more than was invested in 1978–79. Over £5 billion has been invested in the coal industry since 1979.