70. Protection for certain interests in coal and coal mines.

Where the ownership1 of any coal or coal mine was vested in the British Coal Corporation2 immediately before the restructuring date3, and has not, at any time on or since that date, become vested in a person other than the Corporation or the Coal Authority by virtue of being conveyed or transferred to that person either by the Authority or the Corporation, or in accordance with a restructuring scheme4, there are certain protections against acquisition5.

First, no interest or right adverse to the title of the Authority or the Corporation in any such coal or coal mine6 is capable of