Coal Industry (State Aids)

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 11:04 pm on 5th February 1986.

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Photo of Mr Trevor Skeet Mr Trevor Skeet , Bedfordshire North 11:04 pm, 5th February 1986

I want to finish quickly because other hon. Members want to speak.

When the price of oil comes down to $18 per barrel it will be competitive with coal. Some of the coal-fired power stations will be in difficulty because the oil-fired power stations will be viable and will be in operation once again. The coal industry has been unsuccessful only because it has been unlucky over the years.