§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish in the Official Report details of the approach he received from Mr. Joe Gormley, president of the National Union of Mineworkers, for the Government to provide more 630W money for the coal industry; and what was the nature of his reply.
§ The Prime Minister
At my meeting with the executive of the National Union of Mineworkers on 26 February, the executive urged the need for adequate financial support for the coal industry. I reaffirmed the Government's commitment to a healthy coal industry and explained that the Government recognised the need for continuing financial support, though this would have to be considered in relation to other claims on public expenditure.