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Coal: Mining

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 18th September 2017.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on UK mined coal in the Government's industrial strategy; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are committed to ensuring the supply of secure, affordable and clean energy for businesses and households.

Coal production in the UK has fallen significantly from approx. 30 million tonnes in 2000 to 4.2 million tonnes in 2016[1]. While there remain some markets for coal, this decline has been driven largely by the decline in coal power generation.

Our Industrial Strategy is about driving growth right across the whole country. We will create the framework to build on the particular strengths of each place and to address factors that hold places back such as the decline of an industry.

An additional £1.8 billion from the Local Growth Fund has been allocated for a new set of Growth Deals between Government and Local Enterprise Partnerships; £23bn National Productivity Investment Fund to drive productivity across the country; a new £300m Skills Fund to skill-up workers.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643414/DUKES_2017.pdf (page 39)

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