§ Mr. Gordon Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will list the opencast coal workings currently operating in the United Kingdom, by region, and(a) the annual output in each site and (b) the expected life and total output of each site;
(2) if he will list all proposed new developments of opencast coal workings for each part of the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
The British Coal Corporation is responsible for both its own opencast mining operations and the issue of licences to private opencast operators. I have asked the chairman to write to the hon. Member.