Coal Industry (State Aids)

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 10:14 pm on 5th February 1986.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon , Darlington 10:14 pm, 5th February 1986

I am a little puzzled by my hon. Friend's remarks now and by his remarks in the explanatory memorandum, in which he said that one of the proposed changes to the existing regime is: Lack of defined criteria by which Commission are to judge acceptability of proposed aids. My hon. Friend then says in the memorandum, as he has just said to the House: If the Commission were to exercise without sensitivity their proposed powers to limit state aids … they would jeopardise the achievement of NCB's primary objective which is to break even by 1987–88. Is it the Government's view that the Commission is being too tough or too soft?