I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply. Can he inform the House who will conduct the survey, and is his Department likely to take over responsibility for the geological survey?
Could the right hon. Gentleman say for what minerals he has administrative responsibility? In particular, has he powers to overrule the Coal Board and the Ministry of Power in respect of coal, and, if he has responsibility for sand and gravel, why did he transfer a Question which was down today by my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucestershire, South (Mr. Corfield) to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government?
I was referring generally to an economic survey of mineral resources. There is already an economic survey for coal, and it would be pointless to duplicate what is already being done.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Question, which is in the name of one of his hon. Friends, refers to
… administrative action… within his responsibilities for minerals.
Has the right hon. Gentleman any administrative responsibilities, and for what minerals?