HC Deb 07 December 1988 vol 143 c233W
Mrs. Golding

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if any investigation has been made of health problems arising from the close proximity of people to opencast mining; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholls

I am not aware of any authoritative survey or investigation into links between opencast mining and illness in people living nearby. There is no firm evidence that such a study would be worthwhile. However the Health and Safety Executive will continue to monitor the position and will take account of any new evidence that may emerge.