Coal Industry (Closed Workshops)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1972.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 7th February 1972

The Question asks the Government to give a general direction to the National Coal Board to reopen closed workshops". That would not be appropriate. Indeed, it would be wrong for the Government to tell the Coal Board how to run its commercial activities.