HC Deb 11 December 1922 vol 159 c2342
30. Mr. BATEY

asked the Secretary for Mines if he can state the amount of money that went into the Treasury from the coal mines of Great Britain each year from 1915 to 1920, inclusive?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Baldwin)

For the period up to the year 191–18 I beg to refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. Chamberlain) to the hon. Member for Ogmore on the 1st December, 1919, of which I am sending him a copy. These statistics were available mainly as a result of a special inquiry made for the Coal Industry Commission. To bring them up to date would involve a further special Return, which I am unable to authorise in view of the expense involved.