Coal: Mining

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 2nd April 2008.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann PPS (Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, Minister of State), Cabinet Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the note taken of the meeting of 20 March 2008 between Ministers, officials and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers on the future of the coal industry.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

On 19 March 2008, I met my hon. Friend Paddy Tipping and representatives of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers to hear their views about recent events in connection with the possible restart of Harworth Colliery. Information relating to internal meetings, discussions and advice is not disclosed, as to do so, could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

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