HC Deb 23 February 1920 vol 125 c1272

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the output per person in tons of coal employed in the coal industry for 1913 and 1919 respectively; and what was the average cost of the coal per ton at the pit's mouth, and how that cost was attributable to labour, material, owners profits and royalties?


The output of coal per person employed (below and above ground) in the coal industry was 259 tons in the year 1913 and 197½ tons in the year 1919.

In the year 1913 the average value of the coal at the pit's mouth was estimated in evidence given before the Coal Indus try Commission at 10s. l½d. per ton raised, of which 6s. 4d. was attributable to labour, 1s. 10d. to materials and other costs, and 1s. 11½d. to owners' profits and royalties. The proportion attributable to royalties was approximately 5d. per ton of coal raised. I regret that corresponding figures for 1919 are not yet available, and that I am unable to add to the information which was given to the House in the course of the Debate on Tuesday last. An estimate of costs and proceeds for this financial year is given in Appendix No. 3 of the Report by Messrs. Alfred Tongue & Company on the Coal Industry (Command 555).


Can my hon. Friend say when the figures for 1919 will be available?


I am afraid I cannot.