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 Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner , Bolsover 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

Is my hon. Friend aware that if the figure of 135 million tons is to have any realism he has to get something done about establishing markets to sell the coal that he hopes will be produced in the years mentioned in the Question? Does he not agree that one of the first things to be done is to tell our so-called partners in the Common Market that they have an obligation to assist in getting rid of the 30 million tons of coal stocked in this country, in the same way as we are expected to absorb their mountains of butter and goodness knows what and other surpluses that they keep on creating on the Continent?