Imported Coal

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

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Tony Benn Mr Tony Benn , Chesterfield 12:00 am, 14th December 1987

Has it occurred to the Secretary of State that the policy of importing coal — including some from South Africa—of further pit closures and of the selling of profitable pits confirms almost every forecast made by Arthur Scargill since he became president of the National Union of Mineworkers? He forecast those events with clinical precision. Is it not a fact that that must be set against the problem of hypothermia, which is likely to kill many people this winter because of the lack of cheap fuel?