Imported Coal

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1987.

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Photo of Mr Cecil Parkinson Mr Cecil Parkinson , Hertsmere 12:00 am, 14th December 1987

No. The Government have made it clear, through what they have said and in financial support for the industry, that we want a strong, viable, competitive British coal industry. It may surprise the hon. Gentleman to learn that I agree with him that it is misleading to consider the marginal cost of coal in international markets and to state that 80 million tonnes could be purchased at that price. If the Central Electricity Generating Board were to enter the market for that quantity of coal, the price would be bound to rise.