Coal Authority

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Coal Authority
Coal Authority logo.jpg
Formation 1994
Legal status Non-departmental public body (NDPB)
Purpose Coal mining in the UK
Region served UK
Membership 160 staff
Chief Executive Philip Lawrence
Main organ Coal Authority Board (Chairman - Dr Helen Mounsey)
Parent organization Department of Energy and Climate Change
Budget £30m (2010)
Website Coal Authority

The Coal Authority is a non-departmental public body of the United Kingdom government.


It was established under the Coal Industry Act 1994 to manage certain functions previously undertaken by the British Coal Corporation (formerly the National Coal Board), including ownership of unworked coal. It is situated in the south of Mansfield, in Berry Hill. It was funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and is now funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.


Coal Authority sign on former mine on Threshfield Moor in North Yorkshire

It is responsible for licensing coal mining operations and for providing information on coal reserves and past and future coal mining. It settles subsidence claims not falling on coal mining operators. It deals with the management and disposal of property, and with surface hazards such as abandoned coal mine shafts. It operates a 24-hour call-out service for surface hazards.

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  • Whitaker's Almanack 2002. London: The Stationery Office Ltd. 2001. ISBN 0-11-702279-9. 


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