HC Deb 08 December 1919 vol 122 c869
1. Major KELLEY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has ascertained from the Coal Control Department the number of pits which have been closed down by exhaustion during the period of control?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Auckland Geddes)

During the last two years 180 coal mines or seams were abandoned, 197 were opened, and 89 were reopened. The majority, it should be pointed out, were small shallow mines.