HC Deb 27 January 1993 vol 217 c733W
Mr. Tipping

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what budget provisions exist in the financial year 1993–94 to extend British Coal's present enhanced redundancy scheme.

Mr. Eggar

[holding answer 26 January 1993]: It was announced at the time of the autumn statement that a provisional external finance limit of £1,900 million had been set for British Coal for 1993–94. The limit will be re-assessed in the light of the outcome of the coal review but the provisional increase of £1,400 million above previous plans for 1993–94 reflects provision being made on a prudent basis for higher restructuring and/or operating costs than previously assumed, including payments under the terms of British Coal's present redundancy scheme.