20. Ownership of coal.

20.     Ownership of coal.

By statute, the fee simple in all coal1 and mines of coal2, with the exception of certain retained interests3 and statutory rights but including certain other property and rights, vested in the Coal Commission on 1 July 1942 and compensation was paid for the interests so acquired4. When the coal industry was nationalised5 the proprietary rights of the Coal Commission and colliery concerns6 (including retained interests) in unworked coal7, mines of coal8 and in certain associated minerals were transferred to the National Coal