I am fully aware of the difficulties encountered in gaining access to land to explore for and to exploit minerals. I am considering the need for legislation to deal with these problems.
I am sure the Minister will accept that that is welcome information. Is he aware that it is a matter of considerable importance that we should press on with this as quickly as possible? We prepared much of the work for the legislation and the minerals industry now desperately needs the removal of these final impediments.
I appreciate the importance of mineral development, but the question whether we have investment grants or investment allowances or tax reductions must be considered in the wider context.