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Mining

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Mosley Stephen Mosley Conservative, City of Chester

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mines were in use in England in 2010; and what minerals were quarried from each such mine.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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A detailed list of what minerals were extracted by which quarries and mines may be found in the British Geological Survey's Directory of Mines and Quarries 2010 which can be accessed at:

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/mineralsuk/mines/dmq.html

The directory indicates that there were over 1,250 active mines and quarries in England in 2010 (excluding rail heads and wharves), extracting 22 types of mineral. The minerals extracted included coal, sand and gravel, limestone, peat, clay and shale, sandstone, chalk, slate, silica sand, china clay and igneous and metamorphic rock.

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