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External links: UK Government

Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) — Formerly BERR.

The Coal Authority — Established by Parliament in 1994 to undertake specific statutory responsibilities associated with licensing coal mining operations in Britain, handling subsidence damage claims which are not the responsibility of licensed coal mine operators and providing public access to information on past and present coal mining operations. It holds and is scanning all abandoned mine plans in Britain.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) — Responsible for regulating the minerals planning system and the supply of construction minerals in England.

The Crown Estate — They own the mineral rights to a number of quarries and also has prerogative rights to gold and silver in almost all parts of the United Kingdom. These rights are administered by the Crown Mineral Agent at Wardell Armstrong.

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) — Main Government ministry for environmental matters.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) — Responsible for regulating safe working practices in all industries, including the minerals sector.

Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) — Administers and licences minerals and petroleum matters in Northern Ireland.

Office for National Statistics — Government Department responsible for publishing statistical data for the UK, including mineral production.

The Scottish Government — Elected body which is responsible for much of the internal government of Scotland, including minerals planning.

Welsh Assembly Government — Elected body which is responsible for much of the internal government of Wales, including minerals planning.