India (Coal-mining Machinery)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th November 1974.

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Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark 12:00 am, 25th November 1974

We are always ready to send out technical assistance. Indeed, many consultancy and technical assistance teams go out to India, financed by my Ministry. In this case naturally, in view of the oil crisis, the Government of India are anxious to exploit their own coal reserves rather faster than otherwise would have been the case. We have consultants and technical assistance people out there, some from the National Coal Board, but if there is a need to link up with the transport question I am certain that they will come back and tell us.