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

I do not underestimate in any way what my hon. Friend has said about the coal and energy requirements of the Community. This problem exists not only in this country but also within the EEC countries. My hon. Friend has expressed a view which is probably spreading throughout the House when he suggests that it would be helpful if we could export coal to Europe to the extent that we would like. I have no doubt that the market exists for coal, and the National Coal Board in particular is doing all it can to find new export outlets. My right hon. Friend is also looking into the question of additional means of coal-burning in this country.