§ Dr. Liam Fox
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when she plans to start the £75 million package of additional assistance for redundant miners announced in October 1992.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
Contingency plans drawn up by TECs for additional assistance for redundant mineworkers and others will be implemented if we reach a position where two thirds of the work force employed at the pit in October 1992 have left.
This arrangement will apply to collieries on which British Coal is already consulting about closure and to collieries announced as being put on a care and maintenance basis. This will also apply to two collieries which are remaining open, but making substantial redundancies for which contingency plans were originally drawn up and to the colliery which will be put under development.