Coal

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Mr Kevin Hughes Mr Kevin Hughes Labour, Doncaster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what risk assessment she has made about the potential for disruption to coal supply to the UK.

Photo of Mr Brian Wilson Mr Brian Wilson Minister of State (Industry and Energy), Department of Trade and Industry

No formal risk assessment has been made about the potential for disruption to coal supply to the UK. However, the current Coal Aid Code, the European Commission's Security of Supply Green Paper and the Commission proposal for state aid to the coal industry all acknowledge that the geopolitical diversity of coal sources is such that the risks of disruption to supply are minimal.

In terms of a physical threat to coal assets or the freight transport infrastructure, the Government and relevant companies are working with the security services to ensure that the risk of terrorist attack is properly assessed and that appropriate measures are in place to reduce the risk of disruption.

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