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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

Once again, the hon. Gentleman is trying to get me to predetermine the negotiations. I have already made it clear that we have put the industry in a position to protect itself. We expect it, on the basis of its new competitiveness, to land the lion's share of the business, but I am not prepared to put a figure on what it will or will not achieve. It must negotiate—