Coal Industry

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd June 1985.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian 12:00 am, 3rd June 1985

asked the Secretary of State for Energy, following representations to him for reinstatement of sacked miners arising from the miners' strike, how many have been reinstated as a consequence of inquiries to the National Coal Board.

Photo of Mr David Hunt Mr David Hunt , Wirral West

I understand from the National Coal Board that of the 1,013 employees dismissed for offences related to the dispute, 373 have subsequently been re-employed.

Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian

Will the Minister tell us about the cases that have been referred to him? He made great promises to the House that he would take up the cases of victimised miners. How many cases did he take up, and in how many cases was there reinstatement? In Scotland he has failed abysmally, because no miner has been reinstated following a request by the Minister.

Photo of Mr David Hunt Mr David Hunt , Wirral West

I have taken up every case that has been referred to me. I should tell the hon. Gentleman that all of us have been impressed by the responsibility of the vast majority of miners, who are now working together to repair the damage caused by the strike.