58. Duties with respect to licensing.

b.     Duties and Powers

58.     Duties with respect to licensing.

The Coal Authority has two classes of duty which affect the manner in which it carries out its functions in relation to licensing coal-mining operations1.

The first class comprises the duty of the Authority to carry out its licensing functions2 in the manner that it considers is best calculated to secure, so far as practicable:

  1.  

    (1)     that an economically viable3 coal-mining industry4 in Great Britain5 is maintained and developed by the persons authorised6 to carry on coal-mining operations7;

  2.  

    (2)     that such persons are able to finance both the proper