HC Deb 02 July 1996 vol 280 c392W
20. Mr. Jack Thompson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress is being made in dealing with water pollution from old mine workings. [33953]

Mr. Robert B. Jones

Considerable progress has been made, and work to prevent pollution is under way at several sites. In addition, the Environment Agency and Coal Authority have identified a shortlist of abandoned coal mines which are causing deterioration in river water quality. Work is currently in progress to investigate feasible solutions.