2. The Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers.

The administration of the coal-mining industry was initially the responsibility of the Mines Department of the Board of Trade, and over the years ministerial functions have been transferred1 to the Minister of Fuel and Power2 (who became the Minister of Power3), the Minister of Technology4, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry5, the Secretary of State for Energy6, then once again the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry7 who was redesignated the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. then the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; they are now predominantly vested in