§ 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.