To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of the proposal for a new coal mine to be built in Cumbria with the UK's upcoming role as President of the COP26 summit.
27 July 2021
A public inquiry, overseen by an independent Planning Inspector, is scheduled to begin in September. The inquiry will hear the evidence for and against the proposal, and once completed, the Inspector will prepare a report and recommendation for Ministers, based on that evidence. As this application will come before Ministers for decision it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.