HC Deb 02 March 1987 vol 111 cc487-8W
Mr. Iain Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will announce legislation to provide for an obligatory proportion of the expenditure on new coal mines to be devoted to environmental protection of areas surrounding them.

Mr. David Hunt

No. British Coal already conducts environmental impact studies for all new mine developments and has been prepared to modifiy engineering design, including moving potential mine sites, in order to meet possible environmental disadvantages.

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