British Coal Utilisation Research Association

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which body is responsible for former British Coal Corporation liabilities to the British Coal Utilisation Research Association which were not transferred to his Department.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department's understanding is that the liabilities prior to British Coal Utilisation Research Association (BCURA) joining the British Coal Corporation (BCC) family on 1 April 1969 rest with BCURA. BCURA liabilities were not assumed by BCC. The liabilities arising whilst they were within the BCC family are the responsibility of DECC, while the liabilities post ‘privatisation’ are with BCURA.

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