HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 c352W
Mr. Hood

To ask the President of the Board of Trade who will be responsible for the cost of restoration to opencast mining sites in the event of the new owners going into liquidation.

Mr. Charles Wardle

The obligation to restore a site of opencast coal extraction generally falls on the owner of the surface. Its enforceability during and following an insolvency would depend on the relevant facts.