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 Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian 12:00 am, 14th December 1987

I have listened to what the right hon. Gentleman has said about the importation of coal. However, he must spell it out more clearly. He is on record as saying different things to different audiences. Does he deny that he has told audiences that if the electricity industry is privatised private industry will be allowed to buy coal in whatever market it chooses? That means another slaughtering of the coal industry, with more pit closures and job losses.