HC Deb 15 December 1854 vol 136 cc375-6

inquired of the right hon. Baronet the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether there would be any objection to lay before the House such information as might have been received respecting the quantity and quality of the coal available in the mines of Heraclia, on the southern coast of the Euxine, and its probable utility for steam navigation and for fuel for our army?


stated, that an arrangement had been made with the Turkish Government, by which the coal mines of Heraclia were to be worked conjointly for the benefit of the forces of England and France in the Black Sea. The coal was of very good quality, and useful for the purposes of steam navigation when mixed with coal of superior quality. The Government hoped that about 30,000 tons annually would be raised, which would be divided equally between the forces of the two countries, and, as the working would be placed under the control of the Commissariat, there would be no difficulty about any portion that was suitable being used for fuel.