International Development written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development

(1) what his policy is on support for open-pit coal mining in Bangladesh;

(2) what representations his Department has received on open-pit coal mining in Bangladesh.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The decision to allow open-pit mining in Bangladesh is for the Government of Bangladesh to make.

DFID received representations from NGOs in London last year, at official level focussing particularly on the Phulbari mine. As far as we are aware, this is the only representation that we received.

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