§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will indicate the 541W current policy of the Government on "Plan for Coal" and on the future level of investment in the coal industry.
§ Mr. John Moore
[pursuant to his reply, 30 October 1979]: The Government believe that a competitive and efficient coal industry has an important part to play in meeting future energy demand; and that the substantial investment in the coal industry initiated by "Plan for Coal" should therefore continue. The Government have approved a level of investment in 1980–81 which, at outturn prices, will be over £700 million.