§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will ensure that British Coal provides recent analysis of reserves at Vane Tempest and Easington collieries to companies charged by his Department to investigate current reserves under the terms of the energy review.
§ Mr. Eggar
As part of the coal review, Boyds have undertaken assessments of the viability of each of the 21 pits included in the coal review, including Easington. Their report was published on 22 January.
British Coal provided Boyds with recent information on coal reserves at each of the pits concerned, for use in this work. I understand that British Coal is providing similar information to Boyds for use in the assessment we have commissioned from them of the 10 pits currently the subject of consultation, which includes Vane Tempest.