Catalogue description Records of the Coal Authority

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Reference: KD
Title: Records of the Coal Authority

Records created by the Coal Authority, a public body responsible for physical operations within the industry alongside property management and the provision of information.

Board meetings and papers of the authority can be found in KD 4; records of the Executive Committee and Environment Committee are in KD 5 and KD 6 respectively; annual reports and accounts are in KD 1 and datasets of mining reports and subsidence damage are in KD 2 and KD 3.

For series created for regularly archived websites, please see the separate Websites Division.

Date: 1995-2015
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Coal Authority, 1994-

Physical description: 11 series
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 1997 Coal Authority

Administrative / biographical background:

The Coal Authority was established by the Coal Industry Act 1994, becoming operational on 31 October 1994 and taking over certain functions of the British Coal Corporation. It is a non-departmental public body and reports to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. The authority comprises seven members appointed by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, including the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.

The authority has four main areas of activity: licensing coal mining operations and granting leases to exploit coal reserves; processing subsidence damage claims not falling on coal mining companies; the management of property and the historic legacy of past coal mining; and the provision of geological and other information on past and future coal mining. It has also taken on the role of ensuring that sound environmental procedures are followed in all areas of its activities.

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