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COUNCILS SIGH WITH RELIEF AFTER GOVERNMENT BACKS COAL'S FUTURE

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Local authorities campaigning to protect the interests of coalmining communities have welcomed measures to safeguar...
Local authorities campaigning to protect the interests of coalmining communities have welcomed measures to safeguard the future of British coal announced by Peter Mandelson, the trade and industry secretary, yesterday, reports The Times (p1).

The government is to ban the construction of new gas-fired power stations and help the industry find new markets for coal-fired electricity in Europe.

Th newspaper examines the implications of the new white paper on energy in a further article (p33), and concludes the coal industry is now in a better position than it was a year ago.
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