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Coal Industry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:35 pm on 26th June 1989.

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Photo of Mr Cecil Parkinson Mr Cecil Parkinson , Hertsmere 7:35 pm, 26th June 1989

No, I shall not give way at the moment.

The industry is going through a period of enormous change. Twenty-five years ago, coal had many customers. Most people heated their homes with coal, our trains and ships were largely fuelled by coal, which provided our gas and virtually all our electricity. Today the industry has only one major customer: the electricity supply industry, which is being privatised.