85. Benefits for redundant coal industry employees.

For the purpose of providing assistance to persons made redundant by the closure of coal mines or coking plants, the reduction in the number of persons employed at them or the consequent reduction in ancillary services and facilities, provision was made for the Secretary of State, by order, to make a scheme providing for payments, out of money provided by Parliament, to or in respect of prescribed classes of persons who at any time between 17 July 1967 and 29 March 1987 (1) were employed at a coal mine or at any place of a prescribed class used for