§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what he estimates will be the cost of grants for stocking coal and coke in 1978–79;
(2) what he estimates will be the coking coal subsidy for 1978–79;
(3) what he estimates will be the amount allocated by the Government to assist coal burn in the financial year 1978–79.
§ Mr. Eadie
Government grants to the NCB in 1978–79 for the stocking of coal, the stocking of coke and for coking coal production subsidy, are expected to total respectively £20.5 million, £16 million and £3.6 million at outturn prices. Furthermore, the Government has allocated £29.8 million to cover the cost of assisting coal-burn in England and Wales and also in Scotland in 1978–79.