At a question-and-answer session for children this morning, the Prime Minister was asked if he was "still going to support new coal mines in the UK".
In response, Mr Johnson said:
This prompted questions about what his comments could mean for a proposed mine in Cumbria.
The plans for Woodhouse Colliery were first unveiled in 2014. In March this year, the government intervened in the process, and announced an inquiry, the public hearings of which ended at the beginning of this month.
The planning inspector will now consider their recommendation, with the Government then deciding if the mine will go ahead.
When asked about the remarks' impact on this proposal, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
The Prime Minister made a similar remark during an interview with ITV Border's political correspondent Tom Sheldrick earlier this month.
The final decision on the mine will be made by theSecretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove.