About 35,000 submissions have been received on the Government's mining proposals. An official response to the submissions is likely to take a few weeks.

Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee said no opinions on feedback would be formed "until we've got the closing date over and done with and the proper analysis done".

It was likely to be sometime late next month before the Government would make an initial comment on submissions.

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