§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the health implications of the Government's pit closure programme; and if she will make a statement.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
There is published evidence of the health hazards of working in the mining industry, and of the consequences for employed people generally and their families of changes in employment status. Health authorities monitor, assess and where appropriate respond to the needs of their local populations.