Opencast Working (Compensation to Farmers).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons on 10th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Brooks Mr Thomas Brooks , Rothwell

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether full compensation will be paid to farmers where crops have been destroyed by the outcroping of coal; and whether the Government will bear the cost of draining the land and making it possible for cultivation again?

Major Lloyd George:

Where opencast working of coal takes place on surface land compulsorily acquired for that purpose, compensation is payable under the terms of Regulation 21 of Defence Regulations and the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, Section 3. In all cases every effort is made to restore the land surface as working terminates, but to the extent that this is not effected compensation is payable for damage.