§ Mr. Clapham
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many opencast coal mining sites are currently in operation; where they are situated; and what is the annual tonnage of coal extracted. 
§ Mr. Page
There are 95 opencast coal mining sites currently in operation and their locations are given in the following table. The tonnage of coal extracted from opencast sites in 1995 was 16,369,000 tonnes.
Opencast sites Site name Location Airdsgreen East Ayrshire Arden Quarry Derbyshire Arkwright Colliery Reclamation Derbyshire Bag Lane Wigan Ballochney North Lanarkshire Blairfordel Perth and Kinross Bleak House Staffordshire Blindwells Extension East Lothian Blinkbonny West Mine Midlothian Braehead Fife Brawds Level Neath and Port Talbot Birch Vale Quarry Derbyshire Broughton Lodge Cumbria Burnfoot Moor East Ayrshire Cairncubie Fife Candles Shropshire Carters Ford West St. Helens Castle Farm Durham Chalmerston East Ayrshire Chester House Northumberland Clarence Farm Extension Durham Colliersdean Northumberland Common Farm Phase III East Ayrshire Cynheidre Carmarthenshire Dalquhandy South Lanarkshire Damside North Lanarkshire Derlwyn 2 Neath and Port Talbot Doe Hill House Derbyshire East Pit Extension Neath and Port Talbot Easter Balbeggie Farm Fife Easter Fortissat North Lanarkshire Edge Farm South Lanarkshire Fencehillhead Falkirk Ffos Las Carmarthenshire Gilfach Iago Carmarthenshire Glascoed Wrexham Greenside Farm North Lanarkshire Grove Farm Leeds Grove Farm (Extended) Leeds Hannahston Farm East Ayrshire Hare Hill Site South Lanarkshire Hawks Nest Wood Leeds
Opencast sites Site name Location Henllan Uchaf Powys Ireland Colliery Derbyshire Kidburngill Cumbria Kirk (revised) Derbyshire Laigh Riggend North Lanarkshire Lambhill Remainder Perth and Kinross Leadbrook Hall Flintshire Llanilid West Revised Rhondda, Cynon and Taff Lletty'r Crudd Neath and Port Talbot Lodge Coppice Shropshire Low Gordon Durham Lowca Cumbria Marks Quarry Durham Methley Park Leeds Moorgreen Nottinghamshire Mossband Farm North Lanarkshire Nadins Derbyshire Nant Helen Powys New Farm Midlothian Northwood Durham Norwood Gateshead Odd House Farm Leicestershire Orgreave Reclamation Rotherham Oxenfoord Midlothian Park Slip West Merthyr Tydfil Piperhill East Ayrshire Plenmeller Northumberland Prathouse Site Fife Priors Close North Durham Rainge Derbyshire Reedswood Reclamation Walsall Rockingham Barnsley Rosslynlee Midlothian Roughcastle North Falkirk Rye Hill Sunderland Sarn Helen Opencast Neath and Port Talbot Shellbrook and Wood Farm Leicestershire Shortrig Gorbachev Falkirk Smotherfly Derbyshire South Brandon Extension Durham Stanley Moss Durham Stobswood Northumberland Trecatti Landfill Opencast Caerphilly Trinity III Derbyshire Trinity III Deep Hard Opencast Derbyshire Wagtail Durham Waingroves III Derbyshire Wester Mosshat Farm South Lanarkshire Westfield Link Fife Whittington Sewage Treatment Works Derbyshire Whitwell Drift Durham Woodbine Opencast Site Barnsley Woodmuir South Lanarkshire
The Coal Authority.