HC Deb 18 January 1991 vol 183 c620W
Mr. Lewis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current guidance given by him to local planning authorities in respect of opencast coal applications.

Mr. Yeo

Current guidance on the matters to be taken into account by mineral planning authorities when considering planning applications for opencast coal mining is contained in minerals planning guidance note 3 "Opencast Coal Mining", published by HMSO in May 1988. Copies are available in the House Library.