§ Q6. Mr. Skinner
asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his recent meeting with the NUM leaders; and what further meetings have been arranged.
§ The Prime Minister
The National Union of Mineworkers informed me of its proposals for the early retirement of miners and I suggested that they should start discussions with the National Coal Board. The NUM and the NCB have now set up a joint study group, which has started work. I have no plans at present for any further meetings with the NUM.