HC Deb 20 March 1987 vol 112 c648W
Mr. Woodcock

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make it his policy not to sanction further expenditure by the National Coal Board on the acquisition of private sector coal merchanting businesses.

Mr. David Hunt

My policy is to agree to the acquisition of businesses by British Coal where my approval is required, only if I consider there are good grounds for the aquisitions to be made.