§ Sir HILDRED CARLILE
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the amount of the output throughout Great Britain for the last twelve months and the amount of the output of coal throughout Great Britain for the twelve months prior to the passing of the Eight Hours (Mines) Act?
§ Mr. McKENNA
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. No information is available at present as to the output of coal during the course of the present year, as the statutory returns of output from owners of mines are not required to be made until the end of the year; nor am I able to say what is the output for any broken part of a year, as the returns give only the total output for the year. The output for the year 1910 in Great Britain was 264,337,786 tons; and for the year 1908, the last complete year before the Eight Hours Act came into operation, it was 261,409,056 tons.