Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Production

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1976.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

The hon. Gentleman has to some extent underlined the terrible problem and dilemma which the Government face in their tremendous commitment to coal. As I have said before, we are attempting to do in 10 years what should have been done in 25 years. The hon. Gentleman knows from the speeches made by my right hon. Friend and myself from the Dispatch Box that we have given a firm commitment to coal, not simply from compassion but because we believe that the nation urgently needs the coal. To this extent we are trying to overcome the financial problems of the board.