Below is the text of Mr Major's comments on coal mine closures, made in an interview on Friday 16th October 1992.
[Mr Major was asked if he would scrap the coal mine closure because of opposition].
[Mr Major was asked if he knew the dismay about the closures and if he would resign if defeated in the Commons on this].
Who would not be dismayed? Who would actually have wanted to implement closures like this? I certainly would not. Michael Heseltine said earlier this week it was one of the most painful decisions he had ever been connected with, I would echo that. If we could have avoided it we would have avoided it. Right at the very last moment, before the decision was taken, I called the appropriate Ministers together and we had a complete representation of the entire case, whether there was a strategic demand for that coal or likely to be in the future, whether there were marginal pits that could have been saved. We looked again, and again, and again to see if we could change the decision.