§ Mr. Hardy
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he proposes to introduce legislation to implement the EC proposals under the social charter in addition to those which relate to the working hours of miners in British collieries following the proposed repeal of the Coal Mines Regulation Act 1908.
§ Mr. Forth
Matters relating to the repeal of the Coal Mines Regulation Act are for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy.
Many of the proposals in the European Commission's social action programme are still being considered or have yet to be published. Where legislation is required to implement directives already agreed, proposals will be brought forward within the timetable for implementation set out in each proposal.