§ Mr. Patchett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to go to full public consultation on the review of the Minerals Act 1981; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
[holding answer 21 January 1991]: The review of the Minerals Act 1981, announced in "Our Common Inheritance", is already under way. The issues are complex and require careful consideration. The review is expected to take up to 18 months. Any proposals for change arising from the review will be the subject of full public consultation thereafter, in the normal way.