HC Deb 07 July 1926 vol 197 c2067

asked the Secretary for Mines the amount of coal imported into Great Britain since 1st May; the countries from which such coal has been imported; the amount; and the cost in each case?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Colonel Lane Fox)

The amount of coal imported between 1st May and 3rd July was 1,102,789 tons. It came from the Continent and the United States. I regret that I am not in a position to give the further details asked for, except in so far as they were given on 28th June, in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Doncaster.


Was all this coal imported by private companies, or has the Government imported any of it?

Colonel LANE FOX

No, I think this is all privately imported.


Does the right hon. Gentleman's Department keep figures in order to safeguard any profiteering by coal merchants in the case of domestic coal?

Colonel LANE FOX

I am not doing anything to interfere with the interests of foreign trade, because it is not necessary.


Does the right hon. Gentleman take the view that foreign coal must come in at whatever price is going to be charged to the domestic consumer?