§ 56. Mr. Ogden
asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1) what advice was given by the North-West Regional Economic Planning Council to the National Coal Board regarding the proposal of the Board to close Bradford Colliery, Manchester;
(2) what information has been given to the North-West Regional Economic 262W Planning Council by the National Coal Board in regard to the decision to close Bradford Colliery, Manchester, in September, 1968.
§ Mr. Urwin
There is continuing liaison between the Government, the National Coal Board and Chairmen of Regional Economic Planning Councils on colliery closures affecting their regions. Council Chairmen do not advise the N.C.B. direct and their advice to Ministers is confidential. The North-West Planning Council has been kept fully informed over Bradford Colliery.