HC Deb 05 February 1998 vol 305 c784W
Mr. John Cryer

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a statement on the long-term future of Britain's coal industry. [25691]

Mr. Battle

The future of the UK coal industry will be influenced by many factors, some of which are currently the subject of reviews initiated by the Government, others of which are the subject of action already taken by the Government. I believe that the Government will be better placed to report to the House on their views of the future of the industry once we are in a position to report on the outcomes of those reviews.